Research/Seminar: Overcoming Barriers to Vaccination in Nigeria
Center for Global Development
In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, one quarter of child deaths are due to vaccine preventable diseases and recent data suggests that vaccine coverage has worsened rather than improved. Chizoba Wonodi and Cecily Stokes-Prindle presented the findings of their landscape analysis examining why the routine immunization system has failed to deliver shots to children, and discuss potential strategies for improving coverage rates. This event was hosted by Orin Levine who is a CGD Visiting Fellow, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center, and Professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and was recently appointed as the new Director for Vaccine Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Landscape Analysis of Routine Immunization (LARI)
The project aims to identify the key supply- and demand-side bottlenecks to routine immunization coverage in Nigeria, and determine drivers of low coverage and inequalities. This work described the landscape and status of previous and current routine immunization strengthening programs in Nigeria and identified context-specific opportunities and strategies for improving immunization service access and delivery, utilization, uptake and demand. Suggested packages of interventions were rated for feasibility and impact.