Roma Solomon

Roma is a medical doctor by profession, with forty years of experience of working in community health programmes (Mainly Reproductive & Child Health) in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has worked both at grass roots as well as managerial levels for various international organisations. Since 1999 she has led the secretariat of an NGO consortium (CORE Group Polio Project) that works to eradicate polio and improve routine immunisation in high risk states of India. She is also a member of the India Immunisation Action Group, Social Mobilisation working group for Polio and Routine Immunisation, and the Oversight Advisory Group of the Gavi CSO Constituency. 

 

  
The CORE Group (The Child Survival Collaborations and Resource Group) is a membership association of 47 U.S. Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) that strengthens local capacity on a global scale to measurably improve the health and well-being of children and women in developing countries. It achieves this through collaborative NGO action and learning.

In India, Ethiopia, S. Sudan and Angola, this strategy is being used for polio eradication through the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) since 1999. The India project includes a funded secretariat and CORE member PVOs with ten local partners. 

The secretariat works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and USAID. CGPP India is a member of the India Social Mobilisation Working Group, national Routine Immunisation working group as well as the India Expert Advisory Group for polio.

CORE works across twelve districts of Uttar Pradesh state through a three-tier network of 1300 mobilizers that conducts social mobilization activities for polio and routine immunisation. These mobilizers are responsible for ensuring that 0.6 million children under the age of five complete their routine vaccinations through the government system. It has carried out a KAP study on its own mobilisers that has helped in their skill building over the years.
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