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Presentation - Northern Nigeria QCA Research


Presentation - Northern Nigeria QCA Research

Presentation by Dr. Sebastian Taylor: Principle Investigator - Local and Household Decision Making on Health in Northern Nigeria, Polio/Routine Immunization Research Insights. An innovative use of QCA methodology for health communication

Date and Venue: 26th May, 2015; 2-00pm to 4-30pm; in the MCSP Conference Room, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 300, Washington, DC, USA

To register and attend: Email me at

Understanding how local communities and households make health decisions is vitally important for the planning and implementation of health strategies that seek to engage those communities and households

Success in polio eradication means reaching every child with polio vaccines. Understanding reasons for vaccine refusals and missed children is at the heart of eradication and turning refusal households into households and communities approving and accepting immunization is critical for success. Too often health programs make incorrect assumptions about the underlying issues and decision patterns and select ineffective influencers to address chronic problems.

Dr. Taylor's innovative application of QCA research methodology seeks to gain an enhanced understanding of local and household decisions related to health in high risk areas of Northern Nigeria. Though there was a specific focus on Polio vaccination, with a related emphasis on Routine Immunization, the questions were structured to allow for more general insights related to the full range of health and development issues. As the polio eradication programme moves forward there is an increasing emphasis required on engaging some of the most challenging communities and households. Of course this dynamic applies to many health and development issues.

On 26th May from 2-00pm to 4-30pm in the MCSP Conference Room 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 300, Washington, DC, Dr Seb Taylor will spend one hour outlining the methodology for this research (it draws from Qualitative Comparative Analysis - QCA) and the major findings as presently understood - a peer reviewed journal paper is being prepared. The following hour will be open for question, critique and debate.

This gathering is being convened by Ellyn W. Ogden, MPH, USAID Worldwide Polio Eradication Coordinator. I will facilitate the meeting.

Background on this research can be reviewed here

This research was designed and conducted under the aegis of the Nigerian National Primary Health Care Development Agency in consultation with the Nigerian Polio Eradication Programme partners, including the Polio Eradication Operaions Center (EOC) and relevant state EOCs, WHO, Unicef, CDC, and CORE. Important strategic and technical guidance came from USAID Nigeria, USAID Polio and the Maternal and Child Survival Programme. Barbara Rawlins, PI at Johns Hopkins University, provided research oversight. Field research was managed by Public Health Solution Services. USAID Nigeria supported the research financially through the Maternal and Child Survival Programme.


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