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Results from our First Annual Network-Wide Survey Are In!

The objectives of LNCT’s first annual network-wide survey, conducted over summer 2021, were to understand how members saw LNCT as contributing to improved performance and sustainability of their immunization programs, to capture member learning priorities for the upcoming year, and to determine members’ preferred modalities for engaging with the network generally, and during the COVID-19 … Continued

Hear From Peers in LNCT Countries on How They’re Funding COVID-19 Vaccination and the Challenges that Remain

Georgia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka

Between July and August 2021, LNCT administered a targeted survey around COVID-19 financing to its members and supplemented this information with key informant interviews with country representatives from Georgia, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. The objectives of this data collection were to understand the challenges faced by countries in financing COVID-19 vaccine introduction and routine immunization … Continued

Announcing Third Call for Bright Spots – Deadline October 31, 2021

Do you have a story of grassroots-driven process improvement in sub-national immunization service delivery? The Boost Community’s 2021 call for Bright Spots seeks stories focused on key lessons learned from implementing immunization programs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as returning to routine immunization. Given the current infodemic, we are particularly interested in sharing stories … Continued

Upcoming Course for Boost Members: Boosting Leadership to Activate Communities

The Boost Community, in partnership with Adaptive Change Advisors and People Power Health, is excited to offer the course, Boosting Leadership to Activate Communities, beginning November 2021. This introductory level course in adaptive leadership and community organizing offers immunization and other health care professionals new approaches to lead and drive health promotion initiatives and projects. … Continued

Immunization Economics Webinar Series

The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Immunization Economics launches its inaugural webinar series this Fall 2021, focused on current research relevant to the immunization economics community of practice. The series includes six talks on Wednesdays from September 15 through November 17. Presenters will include researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins … Continued

What is Driving COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria

This article originally appeared on the World Bank Blog. Below is an excerpt.  A 2020 Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) survey in 15 countries found that while 79% of respondents would take a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine hesitancy ranged from four to 38% (see figure 1 for more estimates). In a recent five-country Afrobarometer survey  six out of … Continued

Using Digital Technology to Reach More Children with Immunizations

This article originally appeared on Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Below is an excerpt. Using real-time monitoring of childhood immunization campaigns can enable real-time decision-making and ensure that children in hard-to-reach areas can be located and vaccinated in a timely manner, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. The report, supported by … Continued

Right for Response: Matching Digital Tools to COVID-19

This article originally appeared on PATH.org. Below is an excerpt. When the pandemic began stretching health systems thin, decision-makers looked for data to help them understand where and how COVID-19 was impacting their communities. To avoid repeating the mistakes made in 2014/2015, the US Agency for International Development and PATH’s Digital Square initiative teamed up on a project known … Continued

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