Coercion and polio eradication efforts in Moradabad.

TitleCoercion and polio eradication efforts in Moradabad.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRentmeester CA, Dasgupta R, Feemster KA, Packard RM
JournalHum Vaccin Immunother
Date Published2014

We introduce the problem of vaccine coercion as reported in Moradabad, India. We offer commentary and critical analysis on ethical complexities at the intersection of global public health and regional political strife and relate them to broader vaccine goals. We draw upon a historical example from malaria vaccine efforts, focusing specifically on ethical and health justice issues expressed through the use of coercion in vaccine administration. We suggest how coercion is indicative of failed leadership in public health and consider community-based collaborations as models for cultivating local investment and trust in vaccination campaigns and for success in global public health initiatives.

Alternate JournalHum Vaccin Immunother
PubMed ID24401293