VoICE Immunization Evidence: Disease Eradication
Investments made in disease eradication contributed to broader health goals both during and after eradication efforts are completed.
Key Evidence: The expertise and assets gained through efforts to eradicate polio at least partially explain the improvement between 2013 and 2015 in vaccination coverage of DPT3 in six out of ten “focus” countries of the Polio Eradication Endgame strategic plan. This includes substantial increases in vaccination rates in India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, which, combined, reduced the number of children not fully vaccinated with DPT by 2 million in 2 years.
van den Ent MMVX, Mallya A, Sandhu H et al. 2017. Experiences and lessons from polio eradication in 10 focus countries of the polio endgame strategic plan. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 216 (suppl 1).
Key Evidence: Tens of millions of volunteers, social mobilizers, and health workers have participated in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The program contributes to efforts to deliver other health benefits, including health systems strengthening. Polio eradication legacy efforts include documenting and applying the lessons learned from polio eradication, and transitioning the capacities, assets, and processes of polio to other key health priorities.
Cochi, S.L., Hegg, L., Kaur, A., et al 2016. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative: progress, lessons learned, and polio legacy transition planning. Health Affairs. 35(2):277-83.