Lessons Learned from the CORE Group Polio Project and Their Relevance for Other Global Health Priorities

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 Oct;101(4_Suppl):107-112. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0036.


Despite numerous setbacks, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has implemented various community strategies with potential application for other global health issues. This article reviews strategies implemented by the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP), including pursuit of the missed child, microplanning, independent campaign monitoring, using community health workers and community mobilizers to build community engagement, community-based surveillance, development of the capacity to respond to other health needs, targeting geographic areas at high risk, the secretariat model for non-governmental organization collaboration, and registration of vital events. These strategies have the potential for contributing to the reduction of child and maternal mortality in hard-to-reach, underserved populations around the world. Community-based surveillance as developed by the CGPP also has potential for improving global health security, now a global health priority.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Community Participation
  • Disease Eradication / organization & administration*
  • Disease Eradication / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Global Health*
  • Health Priorities / organization & administration*
  • Health Priorities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Organizations
  • Poliomyelitis / prevention & control*