Polio Immunization & Eradication
Polio Immunization & Eradication programme began as a partner project of Amanat Foundation Trust (AFT) with UNICEF. Continuing from May 2003 to December 2007, this became a statewide mass movement reaching millions of people in different districts of West Bengal. AFT played the role of facilitator in the field of social mobilization by involving religious leaders, scholars, political stalwarts and other influential persons instrumentally to endorse the well being of children.
The campaign was designed as a unique mass communication system utilizing the traditional religious gatherings as the main channel of information dissemination. Such one-on-one interaction campaigns helped AFT in building familiarity with every household in the targeted working areas. During the programme, AFT also developed a strong coordination network with the state government and other social welfare agencies, the entire resources force supported by UNICEF. Polio Immunization & Eradication programme became the first step in binding West Bengal state and our nation, paving way for a single string of community ownership in the public health system.
As a part of UNICEF supported eradication scheme, Strengthening Routine Immunization Programme was also assigned to AFT between June 2004 and December 2005. The programme covered 6 of AFT’s 10 working districts, encompassing 201 sub-centres – each sub-centre looked after by a supervisor. AFT also involved village-level government health clinics other than AFT workers managing affairs as supervisors at ground level. One of the 201 sub-centres consisted of an all-women team.