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Concluding thoughts

Watch Olakunle Alonge, Svea Closser, Anna Kalbarczyk, and Aditi Rao summarize the course "Planning and Managing Global Health Programs". (Step 5.16)
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ANNA KALBARCZYK: More than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated against polio, 20 million volunteers mobilized worldwide, 18 million people walking today, who otherwise would have been paralyzed. And overall, polio cases have decreased by 99.9%.
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ADITI RAO: All of this has been possible due to 30 years of global collaboration among a network of donors and partners, strategic planning, priority setting, resource mobilization, financing, community engagement, and sustained efforts to increase transparency, accountability, and equity.
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SVEA CLOSSER: Through this course, we have explored the importance of collaborative microplanning, equipping health care workers with adequate training and resources, and ensuring robust monitoring.
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OLKAUNLE ALONGE: We have also explored the importance of planning to achieve [? head ?] equity. Two themes that reach across all of the topics in our schools, the first is the importance of politics. There is almost no part of planning for a [? light ?] disease cultural program that is not political in some way.
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ANNA KALBARCZYK: From minimizing political opposition to ensuring equity, planning for a successful program means carefully understanding and working with the political situation on the ground.
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ADITI RAO: The second theme is the key role that planning plays in reaching populations that are geographically, environmentally, and socially hard to reach. Microplanning is key in reaching these populations.
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SVEA CLOSSER: So is finding and supporting health workers that know these groups well. Careful thinking about health equity is important too. If a program is going to the effort to reach such populations, it’s wise to provide more than just one health intervention.
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OLKAUNLE ALONGE: Through this course, we have tried to show that planning and management is more than a set of dry paper exercises. It is a rich field that is not only intellectually stimulating, it owes enormous potential for improving population health. We hope that you carry some of these lessons with you.

Thank you for joining us for Planning and Managing Global Health Programmes: Promoting Quality, Accountability and Equity.

As we bring this course to a close, let’s take a quick look at some of the issues and topics we covered over the last 5 weeks as we explored the lessons learned from the extraordinary global effort to eradicate polio.

Narrated by your course instructors, Olakunle Alonge, Svea Closser, Anna Kalbarczyk, and Aditi Rao, the video depicts key moments of global activities captured by the thousands of workers and volunteers of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

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Are you interested in learning more? This course is one of three, covering different aspects of the polio eradication initiative. You may find the other two courses of interest:

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