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International Efforts > STOP Teams
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At a glance: Information about STOP Team assignments and the qualifications required to apply for a STOP Team.
"Hunting down the polio virus in the last reservoirs on earth..."

The global effort to eradicate polio is the largest public health initiative in history. The initiative was established in 1988 by the World Health Assembly with the goal of eradicating polio by the year 2000 while strengthening capacity to control other major childhood diseases. Although extraordinary progress has been made to achieve polio eradication by 2000, the initiative was extended to the year 2005. In 2005, the Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE) met and agreed on 5 milestones to achieve interruption of polio virus transmission in the next several years. To obtain more information and to get updates about the progress of the initiative worldwide, please visit the Global Polio Eradication Initiative pages on the World Health Organization's web site.

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To meet the target date of polio eradication, the global partners are looking for ways to supplement human resources at the field level. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is therefore seeking short-term, highly qualified, health professionals to join our Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Teams for three-month non-salaried field assignments (travel and per diem for food and lodging provided.)

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