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Feasibility of Implementing a Cellphone-Based Reminder/Recall Strategy to Improve Childhood Routine Immunization in a Low-Resource Setting: A Descriptive Report

Feasibility of Implementing a Cellphone-Based Reminder/Recall Strategy to Improve Childhood Routine Immunization in a Low-Resource Setting: A Descriptive Report

Author: 
Victoria Bolanle Brown
O. Abimbola Oluwatosin
Publication Date
Monday, December 4, 2017
Affiliation: 

University College Hospital (Brown); University of Ibadan (Oluwatosin)

"Reminder/recall systems are effective ways to improve immunization rates, but their feasibility in primary health care (PHC) settings in Nigeria has not been adequately evaluated."

This is a descriptive report of a cluster randomised controlled trial that evaluated the acceptability and adaptability of an immunisation reminder/recall system in an urban setting in Oyo State in southwest Nigeria. The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey showed that only 25.8% of children aged 12-23 months in Oyo State were fully immunised with recommended routine vaccines, leading to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Effective and novel strategies are therefore being tested to enable the country to meet the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended 95% level for the sustained control of VPDs and reduce under-five mortality.

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BMC Health Services Research 2017, 17 (Suppl 2): 703. Image credit: GiftedMom

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