Ongoing Project

STRIPE - Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovation in Polio Eradication – A Multicounty Research Project , India, USA, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria and DRC Congo

Agency : Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Team Dr. S.D.Gupta, Dr. Piyusha Majumdar, Dr. D.K.Mangal, Dr. Neeraj Sharma

IIHMR University in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA has initiated a multi-country Project to study and document the lessons learned in implementation of polio eradication program in different geographies, populations and special situations at the global level.

This project map, synthesize and disseminate knowledge assets under the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to various target audiences to facilitate effective implementation of life-saving programs globally, and the legacy of the GPEI in advancing global health beyond polio eradication.

Study Objectives :

  • To Measure tacit knowledge (ideas, approaches and experiences that were not documented, but relevant for both intended and unintended results) about GPEI under various context typologies 
  • To Identify key facilitators for GPEI program implementation
  • To Identify key implementation challenges, the level where they originated from (global, national, sub-national), and how they were resolve
  • To Understand the role of named change agents at the national and field levels in addressing implementation challenges.
  • To Understand how key political actors influenced decisions to support polio eradication.
  • To Identify key effective strategies used as part of eradication activities

The proposed study endeavors to develop new science, ‘Implementation Science’ for public health programs, based on lessons learned from the successful elimination of poliomyelitis at the global level. In the first phase of the project, the available Grey literature is reviewed and is further supplemented with online and paper-based interviews of the people who at any level (National, State, block, and field) had been involved in Polio eradication effort in India and in-depth interviews of key informants, change agents and frontline workers.

In the subsequent phases, we plan to design and develop professional courses on Implementation Science; and offer them in the universities and on the massive online open courses (MOOC) platform.

STRIPE’s Consortium Meeting

Date: 17-19 April, 2019

Location: Henderson’s wharf, Baltimore, MD, USA

Countries: U.S.A, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nigeria, DRC Congo, Ethiopia 

Institution: IIHMR University, Johns Hopkins University, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, BRAC, Bangladesh, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Gadjahmada university, Indonesia, GICS, Afghanistan, University of Kinshasa, DRC, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Participants: S.D. Gupta, Olakunle Alonge, Riris Ahmad, Oluwaseun Akinyemi, Humayra Anwar, Svea Closser, Ellie Decker, Wakgari Deressa, Sue Gerber, , Anna Kalbarczyk, Patrick Kayembe, Eric Mafuta, Yodi Mahendradhata, Piyusha Majumdar, Nina Martin, Abigail Neel, Rasheedat Oke, Adetoun Olateju, Eme Owoaje, Michael Peters, Omid Rahimi, Aditi Rao, Tawab Saljuqi, Malabika Sarker, Assefa Seme, Neeraj Sharma, Meike Schleiff, Craig Tower, Aaron Zecher 

Meeting Objectives:

  • To present key findings from each stream of work.
  • To develop teaching teams which will work together over the second year, developing curricula and case studies to be delivered in person and online.
  • To outline a plan for validating curricula and rolling out courses over the final 3 years.
  • To form writing groups and prepare plans for completing scientific products.

Day 1: 17th April, 2019

Team STRIPE India- Dr. S.D. Gupta, Dr. Piyusha Majumdar and Dr. Neeraj Sharma presented a summary of key findings across data streams, including reflections on polio program organization, implementation challenges, implementation strategies, unintended consequences, and key lessons learned during global polio eradication initiative as a part of Knowledge mapping exercise. India team also made an outstanding achievement in the meeting by presenting two unique case studies on Implementation science.

  1. Taming the wild tides to eliminate wild poliovirus in flood-prone Kosi river basin in Bihar, India.
  2. Social mobilization through behavior change communication by a network of mobilizers took a larger leap towards strengthening of routine immunization in India.

Day 2: 18th April, 2019

Team STRIPE discussed the global health knowledge domains and teaching team plans for second year of project. Discussion revolves around creating an implementation science course organized on global health knowledge domains, linked to specific implementation science competencies and illustrated by polio eradication data. Team mutually decided that teaching will occur via a number of platforms including:

  • In-person course at JHU, partner institutions (regional, rotational basis)
  • Massive open online course (MOOC)
  • In-country implementation clinics

There was a brainstorming activity for the teaching teams to present ideas for case studies and discussed illustrative examples by global health knowledge domains:

  • Global alliance for health, Policy engagement, Planning and management, Health equity and social justice, and Human resources for health
  • Community engagement, Health communication; Field epidemiology and emergency response, Health commodities, logistics, and supply, and Strategic analysis/data for decision making

Day 3: 19th April 2019

On the third day of meeting, STRIPE team discussed the knowledge synthesis, scientific product development and other dissemination. Teams agreed to develop a journal series to summarize initial findings as they were presented at the consortium meeting; to prioritize development of this series for dissemination. They also discussed various ways to organize a series including by country, by epidemiologic profile, around scale-up, etc., as well as various formats (scientific manuscripts, policy briefs, book, monograph, supplement). There was also a unanimous dialogue on the need to identify the appropriate platform for dissemination of these findings at both national and subnational level. 

TEAM STRIPE: SEVEN COUNTRIES, SEVEN INSTITUTIONS, ONE COMMON GOAL OF DEVELOPING CURRICULUM OF IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE


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