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.