Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

As we celebrate World Immunization Week April 24-30, 2016, it’s important to remember that one way to “close the gap” on immunization services is by re-examining the wealth of data currently available at the country level and empowering health workers to leverage their historical data to reach their target populations more effectively.

The ‘What’ and ‘How’ of communication for immunization

As population-based services reaching the majority of infants in countries throughout the world, immunization programs have been a foundation for public and preventive health for decades. Numerous studies with caregivers have shown that the most important sources of information on immunization services are health workers, often followed by various types of media. Key to program success is how this information is communicated to the public and particularly to parents.