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Factors and Misperceptions of Routine Childhood Immunization Service Uptake in Ethiopia: Findings from a Nationwide Qualitative Study

Factors and Misperceptions of Routine Childhood Immunization Service Uptake in Ethiopia: Findings from a Nationwide Qualitative Study

Author: 
Tefera Tadesse
Kinde Getachew
Tersit Assefa
Yohannes Ababu
Tesfaye Simireta
Zewdie Birhanu
Yohannes Hailemichael
Publication Date
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Affiliation: 

Jimma University (Tadesse, Getachew, Birhanu, Hailemichael); United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF (Assefa, Simireta); World Health Organization, or WHO (Ababu)

"[W]hile immunization of children might be affected by several factors, its identification using qualitative evidence collected from children's caretakers is generally minimal and narrow addressing aspects of the possible factors, often based on global reviews..."

This article explores the various factors and misperceptions of routine childhood immunisation service uptake in Ethiopia and provides possible recommendations to mitigate them. The study explored caretakers' behaviour, information and communication, and family characteristics, as well as the immunisation service system, through a qualitative multiple case study approach. The results may have a number of practical implications for Ethiopia and other health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and in particular for health institutions and programmes working on childhood immunisation services at the national and sub-national levels.

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The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;28:290. doi:10.11604/pamj.2017.28.290.14133. Image credit: Owen Barder

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