In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective ways of preventing death and disability from infectious diseases. There has been significant progress in recent decades in increasing immunisation coverage. However, in many countries coverage of key vaccines has stagnated at roughly 80 percent or has even started declining.
Vaccine hesitancy – meaning delay in accepting vaccination or refusal of vaccination services – remains a pressing issue.
In Myanmar, national vaccination coverage for key vaccines are relatively high, but like elsewhere in the world, in many communities (particularly those in hard to reach areas) vaccination coverage continues to hover at roughly 80 percent.
The Government of Myanmar is committed to increasing vaccination in these communities in order reach optimal vaccination coverage. This research is relevant to Myanmar, and similar places, as health service providers seek new methods to engage community members in order to increase uptake of immunisation and build demand for quality immunisations services.
The study objectives are:
Test the feasibility and acceptability of the Collaborative Community Checklist intervention (‘the intervention’) for both health care providers and communities.
The Collaborative Community Checklist intervention includes three components:
Project staff will work with immunisation providers (midwives) to adapt a WHO Immunisation Session Checklist to the local context in Myanmar. Immunisation providers will be trained and supported to use this Provider Immunisation Checklist during an immunisation session.
Project staff will facilitate community workshops in each project village that will:
Project staff will train and support VHCs in project villages to:
Dr Htar Htar Lin, Deputy Director/ Programme Manager, Expanded Programme on Immunization, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Union of Myanmar
Aye Mya Chan Thar (Co- investigator) Position: Assistant Director, Expanded Programme on Immunization, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Union of Myanmar
For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:
Head of International Development Discipline