WHO WE ARE
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.
SIX CORE OBJECTIVES
The goal of CGPP is contribute to polio eradication by increasing population immunity and enhancing surveillance for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP).
Support CORE Group NGOs and national and local NGOs efforts to strengthen the routine immunization systems to achieve polio eradication.
Support CORE Group NGOs and national and local NGOs involvement in national and regional planning and implementation of supplemental polio immunizations.
Support CORE Group NGOs and national and local NGOs efforts to strengthen AFP case detection and reporting (and case detection of other infectious diseases).
Support timely documentation and use of information to continuously improve the quality of polio eradication (and other related health) activities.
Support CORE Group NGOs and national and local NGOs participation in either national and/or regional certification activities.
US-Based Global Secretariat Staff
Frank Conlon, Director
Lee Losey, Deputy Director and Technical Lead
Dr. Kathy Stamidis, Technical Advisor, M&E
Lydia Bologna, Technical Advisor, Communications
Dr. Sarah Paige, Senior Advisor, GHSA
Elsa Berhane, Program Manager, Health, Program Quality and Impact
Judy Ross, Senior Finance Officer
Grace Buck, Senior Grant & Contract Officer
The Global Health Security Agenda
The Global Health Security Agenda was launched in February 2014 to advance a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats, to bring together nations from all over the world to make new, concrete commitments, and to elevate global health security as a national leaders-level priority. The G7 endorsed the GHSA in June 2014. Since 2016, over 67 countries have signed on to become members on the GHSA. Through a partnership of nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders, GHSA facilitates collaborative, capacity-building efforts to achieve specific and measurable targets around biological threats, while accelerating achievement of the core capacities required by the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International Health Regulations (IHR), the World Organization of Animal Health’s (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway, and other relevant global health security frameworks. Achievement of progress towards fulfilling IHR is evaluated by the Joint External Evaluation Tool 2.0.
In 2019, the CGPP program countries of Kenya and Ethiopia integrated national health security priorities to strengthen country capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to infectious disease outbreaks and epidemic threats in communities at heightened risk. Through a multi-sectoral, One Health approach, the program leverages existing capacities that focus on the training and support of community health workers, outbreak response planning, community-based surveillance, and risk communication to promote global health security as a local, national, and international priority.
CORE Group Polio Project – Annual Report FY19
CORE Group Polio Project External Evaluation 2019
CGPP India Publication in BMC Infectious Diseases
CGPP Nigeria’s Country Experience
CGPP Ethiopia Towards Eradicating Polio
Community Mobilization Coordinators