CORE GROUP POLIO PROJECT
ADRA India has been working on Polio Eradication under funding from USAID for more than 10 years. As part of a consortium lead by the CORE Secretariat, and involving PCI and CRS, the program is aligned to the UNICEF program and is working in the most vulnerable districts in India.
As a part of the intensified efforts of Polio Eradication Initiative, ADRA India just completed three days high quality residential training for 300 community mobilization coordinators (CMCs) who are working in the most vulnerable areas of Bareilly, Rampur and Baghpat districts of Western Uttar Pradesh. For the first time, the ADRA India team and other CORE group partners, developed documentary films on the various mobilization activities that were used as training tools for developing better understanding on Inter Personal Communication (IPC).
During this last quarter, more than 500 influencers in three districts (Bareilly, Baghpat and Rampur) were oriented and recognized by ADRA India for their important efforts in mobilizing resistant families toward administering the Oral Polio Vaccine. The chief medical officers, sub divisional magistrate, block development officers and many other government officials participated in the event. As a result, during November 2011 SIA round, the highest ever OPV booth coverage of 84% in ADRA CMC areas was achieved in Rampur. Similarly in Baghpat and Bareilly districts the CMC area booth coverage was 78% and 73% respectively.
ADRA India conducted coordination meetings with ANM, ASHA and Anganwadi Workers (AWW) at the block level in order to strengthen routine immunization coverage. A documentary on the importance of routine immunization was shown in the meeting that was followed by an hour-long discussion. The ADRA India team initiated a debate on how to do better coordination between ANM, ASHA, AWW and CMCs with a view to increasing RI coverage. ADRA India also proposed a special Routine Immunization (RI) drive for the low coverage areas.