Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)
Country of Operation
- World Health OrganizationForeign aid agency or multilateral organization
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a global campaign that uses Magpi (formerly known as EpiSurveyor), open-source data collection software that requires low-technical expertise to use and is designed for low-specification mobile phones.
Key program components
The Magpi software is specifically designed for the implementation of survey forms on mobile phones and aims to be technically-appropriate for developing regions. It consists of web-based software for designing forms and viewing data, and a Java-based mobile phone application for data collection (even without network coverage). Data is sent to a remote server, where it can be viewed and downloaded from any computer with internet access. The broad benefit of mobile phone applications is the real-time transfer of data and the removal of manual data entry. GPEI also utilizes this software to collect Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) data of polio campaigns to assess risk and guide improvements in both endemic and re-infected countries. LQAS is used to validate real-time independent monitoring data in areas of discordant epidemiologic and monitoring data. To date, an application has been developed and tested internally. The application will be further evaluated in the field before being subsequently rolled-out more broadly, with view of replacing paper forms currently used for data collection during LQAS.