The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

(Supported by Rotary International)

Project description:

India was able to eradicate Poliomyelitis – one of the world’s formerly most dangerous viruses. The second-largest country in the world was declared polio-free in 2014. However, it took the country nearly 30 years to overcome the challenge, despite hard work by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI, a partnership between WHO, CDC, UNICEF, Rotary International and the affected countries). Up to now, national and sub-national immunization days are conducted to face the ongoing risk that the virus may return.

Scope of the research:

The purpose of the research was to identify how the GPEI in India managed to keep the country polio-free and to study what challenges India faced in overcoming different behavior patterns.


 Rotary International