IVAC Focuses on Nigeria
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.
Parliamentary Advocacy and Financing for Immunization in Nigeria (PAFFIN)
IVAC is currently working in partnership with the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) and Nigeria’s parliamentarians to increase knowledge of the value of immunization programs among key national stakeholders and identify opportunities to improve immunization financing and address gaps in vaccine access at the state and local levels.
Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA)
IVAC plans to host an Advocacy Training Workshop on Child Health and Vaccination for the wives of Nigeria’s state governors. The workshop, which will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, aims to train and inspire Nigerian leaders to advocate for improved access to vaccination and other child health issues. The workshop will cover current topics in child health and vaccination, as well as advocacy, media, and leadership skills for public health programs. As part of the workshop, participants will develop plans for vaccination advocacy projects in their communities, and the top plans will receive seed grants for implementation.
Nigeria's National Vaccine Summit
IVAC worked with the Nigerian government, Nigerian Pediatric Association and Nigerian and international stakeholders to hold the first National Vaccine Summit to galvanize high-level and grass roots support for vaccines. The summit brought together a broad range of stakeholders to discuss vaccines, and catalyzed political commitments and ownership of vaccine strategy to enhance access and delivery in Nigeria. Town Hall meetings in six states occurred prior to the summit, which was held on April 16-17, 2012 in Abuja. The summit resulted in a major commitment to reduce child deaths, through an aggressive push to expand vaccine access. More information is at http://nigeriavaccinesummit.org.
Organizers of the summit released a detailed communique outlining the commitments made by national and international stakeholders to advance routine immunization in Nigeria. Full reports from the summit and town hall meetings are below.
World Pneumonia Day in Nigeria
As part of the World Pneumonia Day 2011 Small Grants Program, six organizations hosted events across Nigeria to advocate for pneumonia prevention and treatment. This report summarizes the recent achievements and future challenges of pneumonia control in Nigeria.
Infographic: Breaking Down Barriers to Vaccine Coverage
Building on its Landscape Analysis of Routine Immunization policy brief, IVAC has developed an infographic that highlights key interventions that can help Nigeria scale up its immunization coverage and save lives. The infographic is available in PDF and JPG versions for you to use and share.