The question seems so simple: How do you finish the job when success seems so close? It’s being asked right now by public health officials in Nigeria, along with partners from CDC, as they endeavor to eliminate the last remaining cases of polio in one of the few places on earth where the disease still exists.
The 21st century has seen a multitude of public health victories. Among them is the elimination of wild polio virus (WPV) in over 100 countries worldwide, thanks to successful vaccination programs.
When 35-year-old Shafeeque Ahmad went to the three-week STOP program orientation in Atlanta, he knew he was probably the only one in the group of 177 from all over the world who had spent the majority of his school life studying in an Islamic school (madrassa).
Dr. Victoria Gammino of GID is leading an initiative to improve supplemental polio and routine immunization services in Kenya, Nigeria and other African countries with significant mobile populations. Nomadic pastoralists and other mobile groups such as migratory workers and refugees live beyond the reach of established health care programs that are designed to serve sedentary populations.
In early 2013, Dr. Minal Patel of GID’s Disease Eradication & Elimination Branch (DEEB) will launch a research initiative with the Laos Ministry of Health and WHO to determine if the use of mobile phones by village health volunteers can increase coverage of the birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine.
Imagine having to balance your check book to decide if you could afford to make a major purchase if you had no idea of how much money you have in your account or how much you’ve spent. The best you can do is guess. In order to effectively balance your check book and make your purchase, you need accurate information (data).
CDC and global partners kick start new communications strategy to encourage polio vaccinations in Democratic Republic of Congo
While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had been one of the countries that had stopped polio transmission in the past, poor vaccination coverage has contributed to polio virus circulation and measles outbreaks in Katanga Province in recent years.
Immunization is considered the first line of public health defense and one of the most efficient and cost-effective public health interventions in the world. A high level of vaccination coverage in a population group can stop the spread of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) by reducing the number of people who are at risk of infection.
A post-introduction evaluation (PIE) is conducted usually about one year or so after a new vaccine has been incorporated into a national immunization program. The purpose is to assess the effectiveness of the program in incorporating the new vaccine, the effect on health outcomes, the robustness of the data systems, and to evaluate coverage with the new vaccine (usually calculated as a percentage of all persons eligible to be vaccinated).