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Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program

The STOP Program is a global effort that trains public health professionals from around the world and sends them to the places with the greatest need.

A STOP volunteer educates parents about the importance of vaccination in a rural village in Burkina Faso

The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program, through the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), trains international public health professionals to be deployed around the world to countries with the greatest need for support and technical assistance to improve their national immunization and surveillance programs.

The STOP Program is seeking highly qualified public health professionals for 5 ½ month assignments, for a maximum of two years. STOP is a volunteer program, meaning it is a non-salaried position. However, all travel costs will be provided by the STOP Program, in addition to a daily per diem to cover food and lodging throughout your assignment.

STOP participants are deployed to countries most in need of assistance with immunization and surveillance programs, which can include countries with poor infrastructure, difficult living conditions and sometimes sensitive political and cultural situations. While the safety of our STOP participants is of the utmost importance, often STOP participants live in difficult conditions alongside their in-county colleagues and the communities they serve.

The STOP Program recruits for the following positions in the field:

Please read each position description to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications before deciding to apply. Instruction on how to apply ( and other useful STOP resources can be found on this website.

Thank you for your interest in the STOP Program and best of luck with your application!

  • Page last reviewed: April 28, 2016
  • Page last updated: April 28, 2016
  • Content source: Global Health
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