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Let’s Talk About Vaccines!

By prioritizing caregiver and health worker voices, we explore the key drivers and solutions for immunization dropout in children in Malawi.

Jun 12, 2024   |   Blog Post

VillageReach Board Members Meet and Learn in the Warm Heart of Africa

This May I embarked, with fellow VillageReach board members, on a long-awaited journey to Malawi, and what a beautiful country it is. It’s no wonder Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa.” Although it had been eight years since I last visited...

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Apr 25, 2024   |   Blog Post

Creative Catalysts: Enhancing Vaccination Rates in Malawi

Originally published in the VillageReach 2023 Annual Impact Report, “Running the Race, Together.”  In Malawi, a blend of drama and talking books (1) is driving change in vaccination rates among children. Through the Let’s Talk About Vaccines! project, a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry...

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Oct 6, 2022   |   Blog Post

Community health workers as vaccinators: A pathway to achieving global immunisation goals

Originally posted on Gavi.org. A shortage of health workers has made the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in many lower-income countries a major challenge. In Malawi, community health workers are helping to fill the gap. The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine has encountered issues with...

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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.


Research  |  2024

Using community-based, participatory qualitative research to identify determinants of routine vaccination drop-out in Malawi

Report  |  2023

Evaluation of a multisite community-based participatory immunization project

Research  |  2023

Let’s Talk About Vaccines – Key Findings From Malawi

Report  |  2022

Bate-Papo Vacina!

Report  |  2022

Let’s Talk About Vaccines Study Overview


Technical Partners

  • University of Western Cape

  • University of Cape Town


  • Wellcome Trust

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