Strengthening routine immunization is a pillar of the polio eradication strategy.


High routine immunization coverage establishes a strong base for population immunity to prevent polio outbreaks and builds a sustainable platform to introduce the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) and deliver other lifesaving vaccines.

In polio endemic countries, the virus persists in marginalized populations, and in areas where health systems and immunization services are largely non-existent or ineffective in reaching the eligible population and oversight and management are weak.

These countries also contain many of the world’s under-vaccinated children



The immunization data improvement team strategy is a collaborative initiative led by the Uganda Ministry of Health (Resource Center and UNEPI), with support from WHO, CDC, GAVI, UNICEF and other partners that aims to build capacity of district DITs to strengthen the health system through improving the quality of immunization data in Uganda. The DIT project conducted a number of activities in 2015.

The STOP Program is a global effort that trains public health professionals from around the world and sends them to the places with the greatest need. The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program, through the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), trains international public health professionals to be deployed around the world to countries with the greatest need for support and technical assistance to improve their national immunization and surveillance programs.    

PEPFAR is the cornerstone and largest component of the U.S. President’s Global Health Initiative. With a special focus on improving the health of women, newborns and children, the Global Health Initiative’s goal is to save the greatest number of lives by increasing and building upon what works and, then, supporting countries as they work to improve the health of their own people.    

The One Health e-Surveillance Initiative aims to develop strategic plans for implementing One Health electronic surveillance within the context of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The project is implemented in five pilot countries; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda and is funded by the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the US Department of Defence. The project is implemented by Public Health Practice (PHP) LLC in collaboration with AFENET, CDC, WHO-AFRO and the ministries of Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Livestock, and Wildlife among others. 

GIBACHT is an educational programme established and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The training programme focuses on threats and risks conferred by biological agents and bioweapons and their successful prevention and control.

The objectives of the program are to provide basic understanding and training in control of infectious diseases and the management of biohazards, to intensify and sustain international cooperation in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity and the prevention and management of epidemics, and to strengthen national and local centers for infectious disease epidemiology and management, biosafety and biosecurity. The program recruited 17 participants from 13 countries that included Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana. 

PMI’s Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI's Strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government's vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty.

When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs); indoor residual spraying (IRS); accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs); and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women (IPTp).

PMI Support for DRC, PMI Support for Ghana, PMI Support for Kenya, PMI Support for Mozambique, PMI Support for Nigeria, PMI Support for Rwanda, PMI Support for Tanzania, PMI Support for Uganda, PMI Support for Zambia, and PMI Support for Zimbabwe

Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a public-private partnership to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn mortality in sub-Saharan African countries.

This five-year Initiative aims to accelerate reductions in maternal and newborn mortality. Key partners include the governments of Uganda, Zambia, the United States and Norway as well as Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project C.U.R.E. and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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