VoICE Immunization Evidence: Disease Eradication
Leveraging infrastructure, personnel and expertise stemming from polio eradication allowed Nigeria to quickly halt the spread of Ebola in 2014.
In October 2012, responding to the declaration by the World Health Organization of polio eradication as a global public health emergency, and to improve its national response, 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 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):867-72.