The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held its 51 Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) training at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda from 8 – 26 January 2018. The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program, trains international public health professionals to be deployed to countries with the greatest need for support to improve their national immunization and surveillance programs. STOP has been integral to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) efforts; specifically working to fill gaps in Polio/AFP surveillance, supplemental immunisation campaign planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Started in 1998, the STOP Program has trained 2,010 participants and deployed in 75 countries covering the following fields: Field Epidemiology, Data Management, Communication Outreach, Immunization System Strengthening and Outbreak Response. The public health professionals who successfully complete the STOP training are then deployed for 5½ month assignments, to various countries identified by the program with the most need for assistance. The STOP 51 training covered Field Epidemiology, Communications as well as Data Management.
The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) has previously supported the CDC STOP 49 and STOP 50 trainings which were held in 2017 in Kampala Uganda. AFENET also implements other polio eradicationand immunization system strengthening activities in in seven African countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Somalia.
The AFENET team that participated and supported the STOP 51 training included: Nicholas Ayebazibwe, Kevin Mugenyi; and; (all medical epidemiologists), Beatrice Masika (Projects Finance Manager), Maria Amanya: Gilbert Kamugumya and Agnes Namugaya (Administrators) Christine Kihembo (medical epidemiologist-Scientific Writing) as well as Racheal Chelimo (Communications officer).
More information on the STOP program can be found at;