CORE Group is thrilled to announce the release of the Polio Eradication Toolkit, which catalogs many of the materials created and used by each CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) country. There are community mobilization tools, monitoring and evaluation documents, training resources, and materials for a wide range of polio eradication approaches.
These resources inform, educate, organize, empower, and promote the work of thousands of community health workers who support vaccination campaigns, conduct community-based Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance, promote routine immunization, track the vaccination status of under-fives, newborns, and pregnant women, and mobilize communities to actively participate in immunization services. Some of these tools are technical and organizational in scope, such as templates that keep track of activities and record findings during immunization campaigns. Other tools are used to provide instruction or reinforce health information through interactive discussions; some learning tools are tailored to address low literacy and adapted to country or regional contexts.
These tools have been used to lead, support or coordinate the current eradication and disease surveillance efforts in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. While the tools were originally developed by and for CGPP countries over the years, the content of many of these tools can be adapted for practical application to support other health initiatives that aim at eliminating or reducing vaccine-preventable diseases.