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Automated Phone Call and Text Reminders for Childhood Immunisations (PRIMM): A Randomised Controlled Trial in Nigeria

Automated Phone Call and Text Reminders for Childhood Immunisations (PRIMM): A Randomised Controlled Trial in Nigeria

Author: 
Osayame A Ekhaguere
Rosena O Oluwafemi
Bolaji Badejoko
Lawal O Oyeneyin
Azeez Butali
Elizabeth D Lowenthal
Andrew P Steenhoff
Publication Date
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Affiliation: 

Indiana University (Ekhaguere); Mother and Child Hospital, Akure (Oluwafemi); Mother and Child Hospital, Ondo Town (Badejoko, Lawal O Oyeneyin); University of Iowa (Butali); Perelman School of Medicine (Lowenthal); The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Steenhoff)

"In a semi-rural setting in Nigeria, paired automated voice call and text immunisation reminders significantly improved the completion and timely receipt of immunisations."

A 2017 Nigerian National Immunization Coverage Survey estimated that 37% and 40% of children in Nigeria aged 12-24 months were underimmunised and unimmunised, respectively. Text messaging reminders alone have been found to improve immunisation completion in urban settings in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) but not in rural areas, where literacy levels are lower. This study sought to assess the feasibility and impact of combined automated voice and text reminders on immunisation completion in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

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BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001232. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-00123. Image credit: USAID

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