The polio disease epidemic hit the West and Central Africa in 2004 and in response Africa launched the largest immunization campaigns in the world. With the interventions of donors and the African government, on the 25th of August 2020, after four (4) years without a single case of wild polio, the African region was certified free of wild poliovirus and the decades of extraordinary investment has paid off.
Keeping the success momentum, SCIDaR provides management and team leadership capacity building training for WHO-AFRO personnel on a Polio Africa project that aims to coordinate polio campaigns and project tracking systems. The project focuses on the implementation of Mobile Money to facilitate payment of campaign workers across 8 African countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Mali).
On this project, SCIDaR has successfully implemented Mobile Money in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mali and this has greatly helped in reducing the time lag between the completion of campaigns held and payments to approximately two (2) hours. As part of the project deliverables on the management and teamwork stream, four case studies have been developed and disseminated to build the capacity of select World Health Organization (WHO AFRO) Rapid Response Team. Also, SCIDaR has designed project tracking systems to ensure effective project management of activities across all partners and currently provide support in Republic of Congo for polio campaigns.