The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is a multi-country, multi-partner initiative providing financial support and on-the-ground technical guidance and support to strengthen host country efforts to eradicate polio. A U.S secretariat serves as a global partnership liaison and provides overall technical assistance and financial management in each country to maximize and harmonize resources and coordinate collaboration among partners. Several CORE Group member organizations come together to implement the CORE Group Secretariat model, a time-tested mechanism for increasing coordination and collaboration. Central to the model and to each CGPP country site is an in-country secretariat- a small team of neutral, technical advisors, independent from any one implementing partner. The Secretariat team facilitates communication, coordination, and transparent decision-making among all partners-unifying the community-level expertise of iNGOs and local NGOs with the international knowledge and strategies of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners. Learn more about the project. For more information contact Lydia Bologna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ethiopia Dr. Filimona Bisrat, Secretariat Director Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA), Secretariat Host Organization See how CGPP Ethiopia celebrated World Polio Day 2017. Read CGPP Ethiopia’s latest quarterly newsletter! The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) began in Ethiopia in November 2001 and has addressed a variety of challenges by reaching hard-to-reach communities with vaccination services and surveillance. As a country at high risk for importation from neighboring conflict-affected Somalia and South Sudan, Ethiopia continues to maintain high immunization rates and excellent surveillance. The country has been free of wild polio virus since January 2014. CGPP has focused on reaching underserved rural, pastoralist and semi-pastoralist areas to facilitate opportunities to vaccinate and for case search and reporting to maintain acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance quality. CGPP-Ethiopia has trained and placed about 12,000 community volunteers and health workers along the vulnerable borders of South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia. CGPP-Ethiopia presently collaborates with six international NGOs (CARE Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, World Vision Ethiopia, International Rescue Committee and African Medical Research Foundation) and five local NGOs. These partners are implementing activities in 85 woredas (districts) of five regions in the country – reaching a total of 2,585,648 children under 15 years annually. Survey results from 2015 revealed that knowledge among mothers and caretakers about polio is high at 95.1 percent but knowledge on the importance of polio birth dose is low at 54.8 percent. The most prevalent reasons for not having a child vaccinated included lack of healthcare workers coming to give the vaccine at the village, lack of awareness about the vaccine, and an absence of a health facility in the locality. The seasoned and well-regarded CGPP team recognizes that sustained efforts and attention to a range of barriers to seeking immunization are needed to strengthen surveillance and routine immunization for polio. India Dr. Roma Solomon, Secretariat Director Project Concern International (PCI) Secretariat Host Organization India’s interruption of the wild polio virus in 2011 remains a gold standard of CGPP’s work. No longer endemic, India in 2017 supports large-scale vaccination campaigns, ensures robust disease surveillance systems and readies with response plans for potential outbreaks. Not too long ago India had been one of the stubbornest places on the globe to eradicate polio. In 2009, India reported 741 polio cases – more than any other country in the world. By 2010, India cut its reported cases to 42, just a small proportion of the 1,352 global cases. In a remarkable accomplishment, India completed 2012 without a single case of wild poliovirus. The country was certified polio free in March 2014. Formed in 1999, CGPP-India coordinates and supervises the overall country program. CGPP-India operates through three CORE Group member organizations: PCI, Adventist Development and Relief Agency and Catholic Relief Services. CGPP-India operates in 12 high-risk districts in the Uttar Pradesh state, reaching an estimated 1.2 million children under 5 through 1,100 social mobilizers. The work of the three NGO partners is conducted through eight community-based organizations. Due to the high quality of surveillance in India and now waning resistance to polio vaccination in concentrated sub-populations, the CGPP program in India focuses on social mobilization and detailed, sub-district level micro-planning to overcome resistance to improve supplemental polio immunization and routine immunization coverage. A three-tier network of CGPP mobilizers effectively sustains the changed behavior of the target audience.
- Community Mobilization Coordinators (CMCS) Each CMC is responsible for mobilizing about 500 households, including holding commu¬nity meetings, bringing local influential people to home visits, and holding health camps. Each CMC maintains immunization status records for all the under five children in their assigned areas and for those participating in vaccination campaigns.
- Block Mobilization Coordinators (BMCs) Each BMC is responsible for social mobilization activities at the block level and overseeing and leading the CMCs.
- District Mobilization Coordinators (DMCs) Each DMC is responsible for supervising the BMCs and conducting social mobilization activities throughout the district.