Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) 2017 survey - Open to remaining labs only


The World Health Organization (WHO)-led Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) continues to play an essential role in global polio eradication, and periodic efforts to quantify its overall value provide important information that helps to motivate financial support for GPLN laboratories. Assessing the value of the GPLN is of utmost importance at this stage of the GPEI, as the partners discuss the strategies to maintain polio laboratory functions pre- and post-certification of wild poliovirus eradication and global containment of live polioviruses. This GPLN survey aims to collect data on activities and costs of all of the GPLN laboratories to support an overall synthesis. The objectives of this survey include to: (1) update estimates of the total costs of the GPLN reported based on a similar 2003 survey, (2) better understand the different cost components, including environmental surveillance, and (3) characterize the extent to which the GPLN contributes to surveillance of other diseases. The survey form should take approximately 60 minutes to complete, and we expect that collecting data and calculating some of the costs may take an additional 1-4 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the laboratory. Please start the survey as soon as possible, so if you have any questions or if you need to compile data, you will have time to do so. The survey includes questions about acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance (i.e., stool samples from AFP cases and contacts) and environmental surveillance (i.e., sewage samples).

Learn about the prior study by Kid Risk, Inc. and the GPLN published in 2006 that explored the costs and value of information provided by the GPLN.
Review the glossary of terms used in the survey.
Download the Excel worksheet that may help with amortization of costs for equipment and durable supplies.
Read responses to frequently asked questions

Access the survey

You can download a blank PDF of the survey questions. However, we designed the on-line survey form to make things as easy as possible. We pre-filled some answers based on data collected in GPLNMS annual reports for 2016 as of June 2017, and we ask that you please check the pre-filled answers carefully and correct the information as appropriate. Please enter the username and password provided in the email to your laboratory contact here:


Please note: The form allows you to enter it as many times as you like until you select "Done" on the last page and it saves the information for individual pages every time you select "Next" or "Prev" at the bottom of the page.  Do not select "Done" until you are finished. Please do not leave any answers blank, because we cannot interpret these correctly, so please enter “0” for zero, “unknown” for unknown, “not applicable” for not applicable, or “data not available” or other appropriate text. If you find any question too difficult to answer, please do not quit the entire question or survey, but instead reply with “unable to answer” and please add any information that can help us understand the reason.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  We very much appreciate your time and we look forward to receiving your completed survey by September 1, 2017. Thank you.

If you have any other questions or comments about this effort or you represent a laboratory and you need to get your username and password, please contact: Dr. Radboud Duintjer Tebbens.