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SMDP helps prepare STOP volunteers to conquer polio challenges

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Denise Traicoff

The global effort to eradicate polio is the largest public health initiative in history. CDC has been an active partner in this initiative, providing technical assistance for polio outbreak response, surveillance reviews, strategy refinement through innovative research, and vaccination campaign planning, monitoring, and evaluation. In addition, CDC has played a major role in the recruitment and training for a global volunteer program called Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP).

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