CGPP Highlighted Resources
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH) released the publication of a special series of 14 articles chronicling the CORE Group Polio Project’s (CGPP) multiple contributions to improving community health in extremely difficult contexts by working to eradicate polio, improve immunization uptake, promote healthy household behaviors for mothers and children, and increase disease detection.The supplement may be accessed here. The AJTMH is a peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal published by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
The supplement addresses the CGPP’s unique model of community engagement and the concrete strategies that have focused largely on high-risk areas with marginalized or hard-to-reach populations where health systems and immunization programs have also been weak, and where transmission of poliovirus has not been stopped or where the risk of recurrent transmission is high, and where resistance to the polio campaign has been encountered.
The CGPP is prominently featured in a September 2019 report about sustainability developed by Devex. In the “Results that Last: Expert Insights on Health Project Sustainability” report, the CGPP describes the importance of understanding community dynamics and employing strategic partnerships. CGPP Secretariat Directors also address the use of technology and solutions to socio-economic, security and supply chain factors that affect sustainability.
CGPP Kenya and Somalia Secretariat Director Ahmed Arale spoke with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) host Catherine Achieng’a during the Your Health segment about “Ending Polio for Good.” During the KBC interview aired on September 17, 2019, Mr. Arale addressed strategies and barriers, stressing the critical need for continued robust community-based surveillance and synchronized cross-border campaigns to reach high-risk nomadic pastoralist populations.
CGPP and GHSA share a goal: effective community based surveillance, and rapid outbreak response. CGPP recognizes that the most valuable resources in detecting an outbreak are the people closest to it. Arming community health workers and mobilizers, along with other local leaders with the information they need to make decisions about when and how to detect, report, and respond is a critical measure in controlling outbreaks before they have a chance to spread. Given the eradication of polio is imminent, CGPP is now taking on a broader mandate and retraining its workforce to include disease threats beyond polio: to include those that are critical to local, national, and global health security.
society both at country level and globally. As these Promising Practices show, CSOs play an essential and irreplaceable role in the health system.
Role of religious leaders and knowledge of caretakers on child immunication in hard to reach and pastoralist communities in Ethiopia (Poster) – Legesse Bezabih, Filimona Bisrat, Asrat Asress
Addressing inequity by reaching marginalised groups to improve immunization coverage – Lessons from India Polio Eradication Program for health system strengthening and universal coverage – Jitendra Awale
Power Point Presentation – Jitendra Awale
Immunization service availability and readiness in the hard to reach zones of Ethiopia: Quantitative Study (Poster) – Muluken Asres, Filimona Bisrat
Impact of Plastic Bag for Vaccination Card Retention, Two Semi Pastoralist Regions, Ethiopia (Poster) – Muluken Asres, Filimona Bisrat, Fasil Tessema
Knowledge and Practice of Frontline Health Workers on Immunization Services Provision in Hard to Reach Districts of CORE Group Polio Project Operation Areas in Ethiopia (Poster) – Filimona B. Semunigus; Solomon Zelek
You can also view the poster presented by CORE Group Polio Project Nigeria on Innovative Approach to Reaching Under-served Children Using Religious Leaders in Polio High Risk Area of Northern Nigeria.
More Than a Shave at a Time: A Pilot Initiative to Improve Male Participation in Routine Immunization through Local Barbers in Uttar Pradesh, India: While men were recognized as the decision makers in many households, vaccination messaging was not always reaching them at the same rate as women. To engage men, particularly fathers, CGPP India identified barber shops as a place of congregation for community men to spread the word on the power of immunization.
Placing Effective Communication Activities in Reaching People on the Move in Uttar Pradesh, India: CGPP India introduced multiple strategies to reduce the number of missed children during campaigns among populations on the move in Uttar Pradesh, such as engaging brick kiln owners, shop keepers and landlords; conducting outreach sessions and using pictorial materials.
Credibility of Community Mobilisers as Messenger in Community-Based Vaccine Trials: Community Health Workers in India have mobilized communities for vaccine trials by breaking barriers of mistrust and resistance. Formed by CGPP India, the Uttar Pradesh Social Mobilization Network (UP SM Net) has successfully restored trust and improved vaccination coverage.
Social Norms Affecting Intake of Oral Polio Vaccine Birth Dose in Uttar Pradesh, India: An Exploratory Study Conducted in the Catchment Districts of CGPP India: The role of social norms is key to shaping demand for OPV0, the oral polio vaccine birth dose. CGPP India introduced specific communication efforts to address obstacles to increase birth dose vaccination uptake in Uttar Pradesh.
Strategies to Immunize Children in Conflict Affected Inaccessible Areas: The CGPP has effectively applied multi-pronged approaches to vaccinate children in hard to reach and conflict-affected areas in the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. Successful interventions include permanent vaccination posts along borders of conflict zones, tracking of nomadic population movements, cross-border synchronization during immunization rounds and social mapping of border crossing points.
All children, regardless of where they live deserve to be vaccinated. This article describes how CORE Group Polio Project works together with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support the Turkana County Ministry of Health in conducting successful polio vaccination campaigns.
Reaching Every Child: Sharing approaches to improve child health workshop
September 22, 2017 | Washington, DC
During the workshop, project leaders and workshop participants explored the unique Secretariat Model and other CGPP strategies to reach vulnerable children in insecure, fragile communities.
USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, World Vision, PATH, The Communication Initiative, United Nations Foundation, JSI, CRS and PCI all collaborated with the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) to plan the workshop.
Realities: Coordinated Impact at the Country and Global Level
Ahmed Arale, CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) Kenya/Somalia; Filimona Bisrat, CGPP Ethiopia; Frank Conlon, CGPP; Anthony Kisanga, CGPP South Sudan; Lee Losey, CGPP; Ellyn Ogden, USAID; Roma Solomon, CGPP India; Samuel Usman, CGPP Nigeria; Leo Ryan, ICF International (Moderator)
The session provided an overview of the lessons learned from the polio eradication project with an emphasis on how they could be of value across a variety of maternal and child health projects. Speakers shared experiences from the past 18 years and how they can be best applied to other health initiatives through discussions of CGPP country initiatives such as the non-traditional consortium and collaborative model, evolution of communication strategy, innovations, and relevance to other infectious diseases.