Using the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program to Develop a South Sudan Expanded Program on Immunization Workforce

J Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 1;216(suppl_1):S362-S367. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw563.


In 2009, the international Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program began supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in the Republic of South Sudan to address shortages of human resources and strengthen acute flaccid paralysis surveillance. Workforce capacity support is provided to the South Sudan Expanded Program on Immunization by STOP volunteers, implementing partners, and non-governmental organizations. In 2013, the Polio Technical Advisory Group recommended that South Sudan transition key technical support from external partners to national staff as part of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan, 2013-2018. To assist in this transition, the South Sudan Expanded Program on Immunization human resources development project was launched in 2015. This 3-year project aims to build national workforce capacity as a legacy of the STOP program by training 56 South Sudanese at national and state levels with the intent that participants would become Ministry of Health staff on their successful completion of the project.

Keywords: Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI); Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI); Republic of South Sudan; capacity building; human resources; legacy; transition; workforce development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building
  • Disease Eradication / organization & administration*
  • Global Health
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs / organization & administration*
  • Poliomyelitis / prevention & control*
  • South Sudan
  • Workforce