Community Engagement To Increase Immunization: What Have We Learnt?
The COVID-19 pandemic put tremendous pressure on health systems, particularly routine immunization for children. While COVID-19 shots reached billions of people in record time, coverage of vaccine shots protecting children from preventable diseases dipped and reached the worst levels since 2009. According to WHO, an estimated 23 million children under the age of one did not receive basic vaccines in 2020.
How do we reverse this fall and increase routine child immunization? This edition of the 3ie Evidence Dialogues will focus on what we know about increasing routine immunization of children in low- and middle-income countries through community engagement. The session will include a brief presentation of findings, including qualitative and cost-effectiveness findings, from a new systematic review. A panel discussion will then highlight how policymakers and health sector specialists can translate these approaches into practice as they catalyze action to ensure all children get all the shots they need.
Lisa Menning, Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO
Tove Ryman, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Monica Jain, Lead Evaluation Specialist,3ie;
Sebastian Martinez, Director, Evaluation, 3ie