A strong national immunization program can be leveraged during critical health emergencies. – VoICE
Key Concept

Key Evidence: The detection of H1N1 influenza virus in Mexico in 2009, and subsequently throughout other countries in the Americas, benefited from the laboratory experience with measles and rubella in the region, leading to the rapid detection of, and response to, what eventually became a novel pandemic virus.

Andrus, J.K., Cochi, S.L., Cooper, L.Z., et al 2016. Combining global elimination of measles and rubella with strengthening of health systems in developing countries. Health Affairs. 35(2).
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Key Evidence: The Government of Nigeria used the Incident Management System (IMS) to establish a national Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as part of a new national emergency plan for the global polio eradication initiative. The use of IMS through the EOC changed the operational tempo, accountability measures, and programmatic success of the polio program. This existing infrastructure was in place and leveraged to contain the outbreak of Ebola.

Shuaib, F., Gunnala, R., Musa, E.O., et al 2014. Ebola virus disease outbreak – Nigeria, July-September 2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 63(39).
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