Capturing and sharing lessons learned
Since its inception in 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has learned many valuable lessons, from both successes and setbacks, which have improved how the programme operates and brought the world to the cusp of polio eradication. These lessons, in the form of accumulated knowledge, best practices, innovations, processes, systems and ways of working, have the potential to benefit other health and development initiatives.
Capturing and sharing these lessons is an important part of transition planning. It will ensure that other programmes can learn from the experience of the polio programme by adopting or replicating these lessons to achieve broader health and development goals.
Important lessons have been learned in many challenging areas of health programme development, implementation and service delivery, including:
- Reaching hard-to-reach populations
- Reaching high-risk populations
- Working in conflict zones
- Harnessing global commitment to a cause
- Engaging and mobilising communities
- Cross-border cooperation –
- Tracking and reaching migrant and nomadic populations
- Gender empowerment
Each country and region has its own experience of eradicating polio, with local knowledge incorporated into the programme and contributing to its success. As part of the transition planning process, countries, are encouraged to analyse their experience with the programme, and document these lessons learned, with the support of GPEI.
GPEI support to countries for documentation and dissemination
Throughout the process, GPEI is providing guidance to countries to help capture these lessons, and encourage their adoption to build capacity of other health and development programmes at the country, regional and global levels
Resources and publications
- Transition planning resource library
- Best Practices in Active Surveillance for Polio Eradication – Focuses on active surveillance for AFP, which is an innovative approach developed to suit the exacting requirements for detecting every single poliomyelitis case, taking action and thereby eradicating polioviruses, even in areas where little health infrastructure is in place.
- Best Practices for Monitoring the Quality of Polio Eradication Campaign Performance – This document does not replace the many technical materials and guidelines that are available, but it does describe the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of methods. The document concludes that it is best to use several different approaches to arrive at a reliable result on monitoring campaign quality.
- Best Practices in Microplanning for Polio Eradication – Also known as supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) with oral polio vaccine (OPV). A microplan must aim to reach 100% of the target population, usually children aged under 5 years.
- Best Practices for Planning a Vaccination Campaign for an Entire Population (Microplanning – Annex 1)
- Best Practices in Microplanning in Areas with Poor Access (Microplanning – Annex 2)
- Best Practices in Innovations in Microplanning for Polio Eradication (Microplanning – Annex 3)
- Best Practices in Microplanning for Children out of the Household (Microplanning – Annex 4)
- Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of the Polio Endgame: Lessons for the Future
Journal of Infectious Diseases, July 2017
- The Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Progress, Lessons Learned, And Polio Legacy Transition Planning
Health Affairs, 2016
- Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Lessons Learned and Legacy
Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2014