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Let’s Talk About Vaccines!
In Malawi, 73% of children aged 12-23 are vaccinated, falling short of the Malawi Government’s goal of over 80% coverage. Geographic disparities play a role, with children in northern regions having higher rates of full vaccination than children in southern regions1. To address the barriers children under two and their caregivers face in achieving full vaccination, VillageReach and our collaborators apply participatory research methods to amplify caregiver and health care worker voices to identify these challenges and explore solutions by using photo-narrative interviews with caregivers, SMS observations through text exchanges and human-centered design (HCD) workshops. We are conducting the study in Lilongwe, an urban environment, and Mzimba North, a rural environment.
How It Works
- We are conducting the research in three phases: (1) identify drivers of routine immunization dropout and potential community-based solutions; (2) implement one community-based solution; and (3) evaluate the human-centered design/community-based participatory approach and the impact of the implemented solution. Malawi is currently in the implementation phase.
Using community-based, participatory qualitative research to identify determinants of routine vaccination drop-out in Malawi
Evaluation of a multisite community-based participatory immunization project
Let’s Talk About Vaccines – Key Findings From Malawi
Let’s Talk About Vaccines Study Overview
University of Western Cape
University of Cape Town
- Wellcome Trust