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Polio Immunization Social Norms in Kano State, Nigeria: Implications for Designing Polio Immunization Information and Communication Programs for Routine Immunization Services

This study explored polio immunization social norms in Kano State, Nigeria, one of the last polio endemic regions in the world. The study aimed to answer the following research question: what polio immunization social norms exist in Kano, Nigeria To read the full, open access article in the journal Global Health Communication, click here. […]

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Variations in the Uptake of Routine Immunization in Nigeria: Examining Determinants of Inequitable Access

Globally, immunization prevents an estimated 2–3 million deaths among under-5 children, yet in Nigeria, only 25% of children ages 12–23 months are fully immunized. There are also marked disparities in the uptake of immunizations, largely attributable to the context within which families live and seek health care. The authors assessed the individual and state determinants […]

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Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria

The Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria; Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Initiative (PRRINN-MNCH) was a project funded by the UK Department of International Development and the Norwegian government that used an integrated approach to strengthen health services and increase community demand for and access to quality health care. Baseline and endline population-based […]

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Redefining Immunization: Not Just a Shot in the Arm

The persistence and periodic resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases have raised questions about the determinants of poor immunization coverage. In Sub-Saharan Africa, traditional health practitioners (THPs) play a major role in providing health care and health education, particularly in rural areas where Western health care is unavailable. The project, Immunization Advocacy: Saving Lives of Africa’s Children, […]

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Using Community Health Units to Promote Equity and Reach the Most Vulnerable: Unidades Comunitarios in Rural Honduras

To help rural, poverty-stricken populations living in a mountainous area of Honduras overcome geographic and financial barriers to health care, ChildFund set out to bring high-quality, cost-effective interventions to these communities through the establishment of community health units (unidades comunitarios, abbreviated UCOS, in Spanish) in 2009. The UCOS used physical structures that were built using […]

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MCSP Fact Sheet

Two-page overview of USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, which is designed to advance the Agency’s goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Available in English, French and Spanish. […]

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Maternal and Child Survival Program