“Can a Pilot Succeed?”: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

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.

Health Workers Improve Service Delivery and Data Quality at a Health Center in Tanzania

JSI’s Lora Shimp visited the Jambiani Health Center in Kusini District, Tanzania during a weekly immunization session meticulously run by two dedicated nurses.

Channeling Human Nature to Increase Adherence

We know that adherence is the key to prevention and treatment. But how do we ensure adherence in the face of the myriad individual, structural, financial, psychological, and social barriers that HIV-positive people need to overcome?

What works: Equitable Access to Routine Immunization and Integrated Child Survival Interventions

One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.

Bright Light in HPV Vaccination Story: Traditionally Underserved Populations are Getting Attention

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that most boys aren’t receiving the HPV vaccine is not surprising, but there is some exciting news lurking in the study’s finding: The boys who are more likely to receive the HPV vaccine are the traditionally underserved – those who are minority, Hispanic, lower income, or in a single-mother household.

JSI Expands Access to HPV Vaccine Internationally – and Improves Immunization Rates in our own Backyard

HPV affects millions and millions of people. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and an estimated 20 million people have the active virus at any time, according to WHO. While in the U.S., the HPV vaccine was licensed for girls in 2006, and for boys in 2009, in many other countries, the vaccine is only just being rolled out now. JSI’s Allison Hackbarth and Vanessa Richart describes efforts being made internationally in and in the U.S. to expand access to HPV vaccine.

Bringing Communities and Health Workers Together to Expand Immunization Coverage

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. Mike Favin and Rebecca Fields of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) explain how the project is promoting community participation to increase immunization rates using the “My Village, My Home” tool.

Vaccines are not Just for Kids (update)

Immunization matters for everyone but learn more about why some adults are still not getting vaccinated as recommended. Also, learn about the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition’s 20th annual Adult Immunization Conference, happening Tuesday, April 14, 2015.