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Why using polio infrastructure to support broader health services could help secure eradication

Author: Svea Closser, May 22 2015 - When polio eradication was proposed in the 1980s, many hoped that polio would be a "banner disease" that would raise awareness of and build enthusiasm for routine...

Lessons Learned for Routine Immunisation from the Polio Eradication Campaign

Author: Sue Goldstein, May 21 2015 - "Of the 19.3 million children under-immunized with DTP-3 in 2010, 6.6 million were in Africa and 60% of those children lived in only five countries. The...

Relationship between polio eradication and routine immunisation - lessons from the field: Life after Polio

Author: Roma Solomon, May 21 2015 - "What are you doing now that polio has gone? You and your team must be out of a job!" Well, these are easier questions to answer than those we faced when we...

Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Eleventh Report

"There is a real sense of collaboration - between the different parties that govern the country and its provinces; between the civil administration and the military; and, between the [polio...

Call for Submissions for Papers on Polio and/or Routine Immunisation (RI) and Communication

Deadline: June 15 2015 The Communication Initiative (The CI), together with the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), USAID's flagship programme on these issues, would like to announce an...

Polio-Free India: The Role of the Social Mobilization Network (SMNet)

By Chris Morry and Kier Olsen DeVries - submitted May 5 2015 Backdrop to the SMNet Story:

The State of Vaccine Confidence 2015

 
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This document outlines the strategies developed by the Afghanistan Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) programme as part of its revision of the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP).

"[I]t has been shown that a supportive approach, where supervisors and health workers work together to solve problems and improve performance, delivers improved results for the immunization programme."

"The ease with which information can be disseminated now means that negative comments about vaccines can go 'viral' on the internet without balanced professional input. As a result, the media have found rich pickings in vaccine safety issues...

"Effective communication helps to mobilize resources for the immunisation programme and encourages other actors and organisations from various sectors and the community to participate in immunisation activities."

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"The development of an effective behavior change communication strategy requires an indepth understanding of the many stakeholder viewpoints, perceptions, and norms. There is considerable evidence that focused messages to inform parents about...

This practical guide on training facilitators to communicate about immunisation emerged from a collaborative in-service training session, held in January 2005 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That training was part of an initiative developed by the...

Author: Nikhil Patil, March 9 2015 - Non-compliance to polio immunization is a major challenge to effectively reaching 100% coverage of the vaccine across Nigeria and eliminate polio transmission. One solution to address non-compliance has been...

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