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Effects of Engaging Communities in Decision-Making and Action through Traditional and Religious Leaders on Vaccination Coverage in Cross River State, Nigeria: A Cluster-Randomised Control Trial

Effects of Engaging Communities in Decision-Making and Action through Traditional and Religious Leaders on Vaccination Coverage in Cross River State, Nigeria: A Cluster-Randomised Control Trial

Author: 
Angela Oyo-Ita
Xavier Bosch-Capblanch
Amanda Ross
Afiong Oku
Ekpereonne Esu
Soter Ameh
Olabisi Oduwole
Dachi Arikpo
Martin Meremikwu
Publication Date
Friday, April 16, 2021
Affiliation: 

University of Calabar (Oyo-Ita, Oku, Esu, Ameh, Oduwole, Arikpo, Meremikwu); University of Basel (Bosch-Capblanch, Ross); Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Bosch-Capblanch, Ross); Harvard University (Ameh); Achievers University (Oduwole)

"Informal training to enhance the traditional and religious leaders' knowledge of vaccination and their leadership role can empower them to be good influencers for childhood vaccination. They constitute untapped resources in the community to boost routine immunisation."

In Nigeria, traditional leaders lead ward development committees, which enable community participation within the primary healthcare system. These influential and respected community members have, for example, supported the scale-up of polio campaigns in the northern part of the country. Thus, having identified traditional and religious leaders (TRLs) as potential public health change agents, this study aimed to assess the effect of training them to support routine immunisation (RI) for the purpose of improving uptake of childhood vaccines in Cross River State, Nigeria.

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PLoS ONE 16(4): e0248236. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248236. Image credit: © World Health Organization (WHO)

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