Online Program

Immunization services accesses in pastoralist communities of Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:43 a.m.

Kibrom Tesfaye, MPH, BSc., polio and immunization, CCDRA/CORE Group, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Background: The EPI program in Ethiopia has been implementing since 1980s, however there is substantial number of children's not immunized in pastoralist communities. The GAVI-CSO support Project Bridge the gap in reaching the unreached children's for immunization through CSOs collaborative effort. Objective: To assess the contribution of GAVI-CSO support project on improving immunization coverage among children aged 12-23 months old and knowledge of mothers/cares takers on VPD. Methods: The survey was conducted in 22 project Woredas using a cross-sectional method with a 30 by 10 modified WHO EPI cluster sampling technique for interviewing mothers/care takers with target children. Data was collected using standardized structured questioner which further entered and analyzed using EpiData entry II and STATA. Results: Vaccination status of children's was significantly increased compared to the baseline (P<0.001) with a decline on polio 0 (P=0.006) however, the coverage decreases by owning vaccination card. On the other hand, Knowledge of mothers on VPD was declined compared to the baseline except pneumonia and meningitis which significantly increased. Recommendation: Needs to sustain the immunization coverage in the areas using the established sense of ownership. Immunization cards should be retained at home by discussing with the health institutions involved in vaccination. There is a need to strengthen knowledge of mothers on vaccine preventable diseases and timing of subsequent vaccinations through continuous, targeted information, education and communication (IEC) interventions.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Assess the contribution of Global Alliance Vaccine Initiative support Civil Society project on improving the immunization services in hard to reach and pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.

Keyword(s): Immunizations, Accessibility

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author because, as a program officer when i joined CORE Group Ethiopia i have coordinated the GAVI-CSO support project implementation from the begging to the end of project course. one of the task done at the end of project life was evaluating the outcome in-collaboration with consultant firm. with regards, my organization and the consultant believed on me to present the abstract as Author of the research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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