N-STOP (National Stop Transmission of Polio) Activities
To build a workforce to support implementation of Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) to interrupt transmission of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) and eradicate polio from the country.
To help eradicate Polio in Pakistan, TEPHINET has been an implementing partner of the National Stop Transmission of Polio (N-STOP) program. Launched in 2011, N-STOP Pakistan provides technical assistance to immunization campaigns at the district level. It is a collaborative initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Pakistan Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), the National Expanded Program on Immunization in Pakistan, as well as the federal Ministry of Health and provincial health departments in the country.
The operational responsibilities of N-STOP relies on FELTP, CDC, and TEPHINET. TEPHINET provides administrative and logistical support to N-STOP Pakistan by facilitating the travel of public health professionals and medical doctors associated with the program (called N-STOP officers) around the country. N-STOP officers, the backbone of this initiative, often work in dangerous conditions to investigate outbreaks, plan campaigns and conduct routine immunization. N-STOP officers in Pakistan have been instrumental in helping bridge the gap between the health department, district administration and international partners before, during, and after immunization campaigns. They have played a key role in establishing and functionalizing 46 District Polio Control Rooms in high-risk districts/agencies. In 2011, officers were deployed in 16 high risk districts for six months. N-STOP officers actively participate in surveillance, routine immunization and post-campaign monitoring activities. As of 2018, there are 70 N-STOP officers. This has resulted in enhancement of immunity status of children under five years of age in N-STOP-assigned districts over time from 77 percent in 2011 to 89 percent in 2015.
Status of Polio
The total number of wild poliovirus 1 cases reported in Pakistan in 2018 is eight (as of October 7).
Major Partners in the Polio Eradication Effort
The major partners collaborating on eradicating Polio in Pakistan include:
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
TEPHINET assists in the implementation and collaboration of these organizations. Each organization has representatives working in-country, as well as abroad, to determine the best strategies to efficiently eradicate polio from Pakistan.
For more information, contact secretariat [at] tephinet [dot] org.