Svea Closser: Gates Foundation Funding for Polio Project

Svea Closser (Anthropology) received a contract from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a year ago for a comprehensive research project aimed at assessing the impact of the global polio eradication initiative on strengthening routine immunization and primary health care. With the help of a full time coordinator, this project involved consultants and paid staff conducting research in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Angola. Seven Middlebury undergraduates also made substantial contributions to the research. Portions of the work were subcontracted to ISciences, a quantitative analysis firm in Burlington, and CARE International, a major NGO. An article on methodology has been published, and a results article and report will be released in the coming months.