Lessons from Polio Eradication
This article, published in Nature, discusses what the authors believe can be learned from the polio eradication initiative; in particular, why some children remain unvaccinated. Their research points to three key lessons for the endgame of polio eradication and for other immunization initiatives in the developing world. First, integrate social and political analyses into feasibility assessments, strategic planning and steering. Second, find out what is driving rumors and resistance. And third, design and monitor communication and engagement strategies that work hand-in-hand with technical strategies and enable local populations to feel ownership of their immunization programs.
Author(s): Larson HJ, Ghinai I
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Citation: Larson HJ, Ghinai I. Lessons from Polio Eradication. Nature. 2011;473(7348):446-447.