Engaging communities with a simple tool to help increase immunization coverage.
Bottom Line: In comparison, overall coverage in the respective districts during the same time period was much lower, at 49% to 69%.In Timor-Leste, both the number of infants identified and immunized rose substantially with use of the tool compared with the previous year (236 vs. 155, respectively, identified as targets; 185 vs. 147, respectively, received Penta 3).Three states in India have adopted the tool, and Timor-Leste had also planned to scale-up the initiative.
Affiliation: Maternal and Child Integrated Program (MCHIP)/India. Now with India Health Action Trust/Technical Support Unit, Uttar Pradesh, India.Show MeSH
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Mentions: The MVMH/UI tool is a large, poster-sized record on which every infant in a community has his or her own row, with spaces for the child's name, date of birth, and dates of each vaccination (Figure 1). Yearly, local volunteers or health workers do a rapid census to fill in the names and birth dates of all infants, starting with the oldest in the bottom row and moving upward. Infants born or moving into the community during the year are added on the next open line above. A roof covers the listings, illustrating the idea that each vaccination of each child fills in a brick or board that strengthens the entire house, which is equivalent to adding protection for the entire community from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Affiliation: Maternal and Child Integrated Program (MCHIP)/India. Now with India Health Action Trust/Technical Support Unit, Uttar Pradesh, India.