The study objectives are:
Test the feasibility and acceptability of the Collaborative Community Checklist intervention (‘the intervention’) for both health care providers and communities.
Assess community and immunisation providers’ perceptions of the effect of the intervention on community knowledge regarding immunisation services.
Evaluate whether the intervention enables health care providers and communities to jointly identify barriers to immunisation, and engages community members in addressing these barriers.
Assess community and immunisation providers’ perceptions of the effect of the intervention on immunisation service uptake.
The Collaborative Community Checklist intervention includes three components:
1. Immunisation providers
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.
2. Community members
Project staff will facilitate community workshops in each project village that will:
- Provide basic information about immunisations, including immunisation service quality.
- Support community members to identify barriers to immunisation uptake, and work with providers to identify practical solutions to these barriers.
- Facilitate design of a Community immunisation Checklist that includes items that the community thinks is important in a quality immunisation service.
- Train community members to use this Community Immunisation Checklist during or after an immunisation session.
3. Village Health Committees (VHCs)
Project staff will train and support VHCs in project villages to:
- Assist community members attending immunisation sessions to use the Community Immunisation Checklist.
- Collate data from Community Immunisation Checklists and communicate this data in a respectful and collaborative manner to immunisation providers and other community members.
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.
- 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
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