About STOP

STOP Field Epidemiology participant with recently vaccinated children during vaccination campaign in Afghanistan

STOP Field Epidemiology participant in Afghanistan

The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program recruits and trains volunteer international public health professionals and then deploys them to countries around the world to strengthen their national immunization and surveillance programs. The program is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The STOP program began in 1998 as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) along with WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, and later the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The first STOP team had 25 participants. Since then we have deployed over 2,225 STOP participants on 4,647 assignments in 79 countries. We currently have approximately 242 STOP participants deployed in 42 countries around the world (where we work).

In the first years of the program, the primary focus of STOP was polio eradication. Early STOP participants worked to strengthen acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance, support polio national immunization days (NIDs), and assist with polio case investigations and follow-up. Though polio eradication is still a key priority for the STOP program, current STOP participants also support control efforts for other vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) such as measles, rubella, yellow fever, tetanus and cholera.

In the countries where they work, STOP participants build local capacity to strengthen immunization systems and VPD surveillance. Key activities can include supporting supplemental immunization activities, microplanning, routine immunization, active and passive surveillance, outbreak response, data management and analysis, community engagement, social mobilization, and more.

Participants in the STOP program have an opportunity to gain international public health leadership experience while making critical contributions to polio eradication and other VPD elimination efforts in countries around the world. STOP can also be a valuable career advancement opportunity; many alumni secure positions in WHO, UNICEF, Non-Governmental Organizations, and ministries of health upon completion of the program.

The STOP program recruits qualified applicants for the following positions

If you are interested in participating in STOP, please read the position description to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications before applying. Due to the large application volume we receive, the STOP program will not consider your application if you do not meet the stated minimum requirements.

Instructions 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 24, 2020
Content source: Global Immunization