Online Program

Determinants of success in partnership for global disease eradication: A case study of government-led partnership with WHO, CORE group of international and national NGOs, unicef and rotary contributing to the success of the polio eradication programme in India

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Jitendra Awale, B.Sc, Master of Social Work (MSW), CGPP India Secretariat, CORE Group Polio Project India, Gurgaon 122002, India
Roma Solomon, MBBS, CGPP India Secretariat, CORE Group Polio Project India, Gurgaon 122002, India
Rina Dey, BFA, MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, CGPP India Secretariat, CORE Group Polio Project India, Gurgaon 122002, India
Manojkumar Choudhary, MA , Master of Population Studies (MPS), CGPP India Secretariat, CORE Group Polio Project India, Gurgaon 122002, India
Background: Since 1999, the USAID-funded, CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) comprising of international and local NGOs, Government of India and UNICEF, Rotary, WHO has demonstrated a seamless partnership for polio eradication. Each partner has its unique expertise like - WHO in surveillance, CGPP and UNICEF in community mobilization, Rotary in advocacy, and Government in programme implementation. The partnership facilitated synergistic pooling of resources and expertise of the diverse partners of varying capacities and levels. Institutionalisation of coordination mechanism, joint planning, monitoring of deliverables from community to national level is the uniqueness of this partnership.

Methods: An independent consultant, hired by CGPP conducted a rapid assessment and documentation in 2012 to examine the partnership so that lessons learnt could be used for other global and national public health initiatives which are often complex and requires collaboration among agencies. Methodologies used: meeting program staff; desk review; FGDs and In-depth interviews with program functionaries; and, household visits.

Results: Determinant of successful partnership are: a shared single goal of polio eradication but with role clarity of each, brought about cohesion of force among diverse partners; sense of ownership and pride of involvement in a global disease eradication effort; operational freedom for individual partners to innovate and scale up; shared credit for measurable reduction of polio cases; effective mechanism for communication; and, inter-dependability due to complementing roles and responsibilities of each partner.

Conclusion: It is possible that a similar collaborative model can be used for addressing other public health issues.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the ingredients of a successful partnership among civil society, i.e. NGOs, UN agencies, community and the government at national and sub-national levels for a public health programme - lessons from the India polio eradication program. Learners will be able to draw lessons learnt from partnership for polio eradication that can be replicated for any other public health program requiring collaborative functioning of multiple players.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Deputy Director of CORE Group Polio Project India and working on this project for past eight years. This is a multi-agency project for social mobilization among most undeserved communities in Uttar Pradesh , India since 1999 funded by USAID and BMGF. I am responsible for coordinating among all the partner organisations, capacity building of community mobilization coordinators and support monitoring activities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.