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Nigerian Rural Mothers' Knowledge of Routine Childhood Immunizations and Attitudes about Use of Reminder Text Messages for Promoting Timely Completion

Nigerian Rural Mothers' Knowledge of Routine Childhood Immunizations and Attitudes about Use of Reminder Text Messages for Promoting Timely Completion

Author: 
Oladimeji Oladepo
Isaac Oluwafemi Dipeolu
Opeyemi Oladunni
Publication Date
Monday, August 19, 2019
Affiliation: 

University of Ibadan

Mothers' poor knowledge of and attitudes toward routine immunisation contribute to the consistently low trends in immunisation coverage in Nigeria. This paper shares baseline results of a research project whose goal was to assess the effectiveness of using SMS reminder text messages to influence full and timely completion of routine vaccinations by mothers of children aged 0-12 months in rural Nigerian communities. Findings will be used to design the SMS messages for implementation.

Conducted between November 2017 and March 2018, the study adopted a descriptive cross-sectional design among 3,440 consenting mothers (most (60.2%) of whom fell into the 20- to 29-year age category) of infants in 6 randomly selected Nigerian states and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The study team used a focus group discussion (FGD) guide and validated questionnaire to collect data; they analysed data using a thematic approach and descriptive statistics.

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Journal of Public Health Policy (2019). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41271-019-00180-7. Image credit:Jhpiego

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