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Urban immunization weeks

since fixed EPI strategy can not address all needy population at urban;advocate,mobilize and institutionalize urban immunization weeks

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)

Despite infrastructure availability . Fixed EPI strategy have been provided at working days/hours at urban health facilities ; It left behind most eligible. eg., daily laborers, street dweller , etc. Hence, Urban health extension program should establish urban immunization week at least every quarter to address all

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

Fixed Vaccination services strategy have been provided at Hospitals, HC and HP (where refrigerators available) as routine either daily at working days and hours or in session plan. In these EPI strategies, the ideal users are people those are living with in 5km radius of the health facilities and are catchment of that HF. This strategy hardly affect urban population despite physical infrastructures are available. It left behind most eligible or/and at risk population (MARPS) such as;  Daily laborers  Individual house hold level or hotels employees  Organization (governmental or nongovernmental) employees  Daily base small business workers ( shops, market …)  Street dwellers  New villages ( legal or illegal settlements) at urban margin The livelihood of these populations is based on daily activity and hand to mouth sedentary life and have rest either at public holly days or when caught severe diseases. Controversially, the routine immunization services are provided at governmental working days/hours at fixed place unless campaign program. Therefore, Just like mobile services for nomads/pastorals, outreach services for infrastructure inaccessibility. Urban Immunization weeks at urban setting at least every quarter (every 3 month) either house to house or by establishing temporary favorable places /time .During these weeks using different advocacy, social mobilization, program communication (FM radio, TV (ICT), Volunteers…., this strategy enables urban health extension workers to provide integrated health services like, EPI, FP, IEC and ensures universal health coverage. city administrators, urban health administrative and facilities , women and children affairs , PHEM team and other partners will involve in vaccinating all needy population at urban setting and insisting urban health extension workers in planning, implementing , monitoring and evaluating the program

Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?

  • Eastern Africa

Geographic Focus

it is visible to apply at all developing countries, particularly where urbanization rate is high, immigration with street dwellers like Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Stage of Innovation

  • Blueprint

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Government , GAVI, UNICEF, community , volunteers

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

At urban setting out reach or mobile EPI strategy is uncommon unless polio or measles SIAs. similarly, African immunization week also focused on defaulters tracing and annual as well as not institutionalized but children are expected to receive immunization at list 3 doses of DPT containing vaccine and need visit the service 3 times at monthly in travel

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Organizational Characteristics

  • I have applied as an individual

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

we are in 21st century , no one should be left behind . equity and quality is the cross cutting issues and applied for all

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

I am living in Ethiopia and working as Surveillance/EPI surveillance officer (WCO/WHO) at zonal level

Applying to Gavi INFUSE

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Hi Tilahun Diriba 
As the challenge is coming to a close, please make sure you have answered all the questions in the Public and the Privately Submitted section.

A few general pointers you should check for in your final submission:
[1] How your innovation solves the challenge problem?
[2] Working of your prototype and its pilot stage?
[3] Does the solution fit in the highly mobile urban settings and how it can prove to be low cost?
[4] How the solution caters to the gender equity by having an inclusive approach?
[5] About your team and your working relation with your partners?

The submission deadline is 5pm PST on Wednesday April 10th/ 1:00am CET on Thursday April 11th.
Feel free to make the necessary changes to your application and hit the submit button before the deadline.

All the best!
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