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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Improving the Effectiveness of Immunization Programs
3396.0: Monday, December 12, 2005: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM
Improving the Effectiveness of Immunization Programs
Immunization campaigns are an important part of preventive health programs worldwide. This panel identifies the many barriers to implementing mass immunization campaigns and provides overviews of some successes both in improving prevalence rates of childhood immunizations and improving clinical take rates of vaccines. Presentations will include (1) results from a survey of households in Yemen identifying immunization rates and the barriers preventing access to immunization; (2) an overview of the successful Community-based Health Planning and Services program in Ghana, which aims to eliminate barriers to access to childhood preventive care, particularly immunizations, through community ownership of health initiatives; (3) overview of policy initiatives implemented in Nigeria aiming to improve immunization rates, and the evaluation processes that led to these initiatives; (4) overview of a successful campaign to improve vaccination rates against measles in Madagascar through community mobilization and (5) overview of clinical study identifying a unique vaccination technique in Israel which aims to improve take rates of the Small Pox vaccine.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentations participants will be able to (1) recognize common barriers in access to childhood immunization and (2) identify useful techniques in successfully implementing mass immunization and vaccination campaigns.
Moderator(s):Stanley O. Foster, MD, MPH
8:30 PMIntroductory Remarks
8:35 PMMulti-purpose house-to-house immunization survey as a basic essential tool for the new immunization management information system in Yemen  [ Recorded presentation ]
Mohamed Ibrahim, MD, Anton Luchitsky, MD
8:50 PM'Chasing children’ in rural Ghana: Do Community-based Health Planning and Services improve the chances of complete and correct child immunization?  [ Recorded presentation ]
J. Koku Awoonor-Williams, MD, MPH, Ellie Feinglass, MPH, James Phillips, PhD, Maya Vaughan-Smith, MPP
9:05 PMDetermining optimal vaccination techniques for national smallpox vaccination campaigns – an Israeli perspective  [ Recorded presentation ]
Ran D. Balicer, MD, MPH, Itamar Grotto, MD, MPH, Nadav Davidovitch, MD, Alex Leventhal, MA, MPH, MPA, Vered Yahalom, MD, Michael Huerta, MD, MPH, Dani Cohen, PhD
9:20 PMHousehold survey findings helped to improve vaccine security in Nigeria  [ Recorded presentation ]
Bolaji M. Fapohunda, PhD, Robert Steinglass, MD, MPH, Abimbola Sowande, MBBS, MPH, Gregory E. Osubor, MBBS
9:35 PMConcluding Remarks
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Nursing
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA