Sometimes, simpler solutions like paper cards are more efficient and usable than technology – particularly where they are needed most and where mobile services, electricity, the internet, and computers are not reliably available. Also, often the paper cards – when their value is emphasized and understood – can “live on” longer than the ever-changing and limited archival storage of electronic systems. A combination of both can be very effective.
In Madagascar, JSI supported the introduction of HPV vaccine in a two-phase pilot. Lora Shimp and Heather Casciato share the key lessons learned from the program for World Immunization Week.
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.
JSI’s Lora Shimp visited the Jambiani Health Center in Kusini District, Tanzania during a weekly immunization session meticulously run by two dedicated nurses.
Communication and behavior change are part of social science, which – in the immunization context – can be applied in different ways depending on program needs, communities, networks, and country realities. Even with standardized guidance, there is no one-size-fits-all for how to make communication most effective.
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.
On February 11, 2014, India celebrated a milestone on its road to being polio free, after not reporting a case of wild poliovirus in three years.