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Immunization Drive by Game-Changers

Creation of a platform where community women mobilize members for immunization uptake and track services rendered in PHCs

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Vaccine Network for Disease Control aims to create a community of individuals in urban areas who are passionate and influential to advocate for on-time and complete vaccination. This is in collaboration with health workers at the primary health care centers, local government and state government level.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

The project was designed to stimulate community members to solve the problem of low immunization coverage in urban areas. Presently in the FCT, there are pockets of Internally displaced persons’(IDP) camp; mostly people that escaped insurgency in the Northeast, they are therefore highly mobile. Due to this, large number of their children born into this circumstance either looses out completely on immunization or fails to complete the immunization routine. It is worth of note, that some IDP do not go into camps, some go to relatives or friends in the FCT mostly temporarily. It is therefore difficult to keep track of these set of people. The project engages strong influential people who seek to contribute their own quota in developing the society but don’t know how. There will be a call through media for people living within the Federal capital territory to fill out a form in order to indicate their interest in identifying and mobilizing highly mobile families with children within the age-group for routine immunization in order to improve immunization coverage and completion. This is a pool of game-changers that involves the influential people described as above, health workers from primary health care centers at the local government level to the board at the state level. The purpose of this pool is for free adequate and quality information exchange which is significant towards improving immunization outcomes in the FCT. The project thrives on smart phones already owned by the game changers. The most important part of this technology deployed is the calendar and reminder. Families will be mapped and allocated to each game-changer for follow up to ensure the children in that family are immunized adequately. This feeds into a central system (pro and post) in order to evaluate impact of the project. The state primary health care board will be fed with this data for adequate planning and provision of complete immunization services.

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

  • Western Africa

Geographic Focus

FCT ABUJA, NIGERIA. in the following communities: Iddo Bassa-jiwa Gosa Ruga Damangaza Apo-Dutsen Waru Ushafa Usman Dan Jigo

Stage of Innovation

  • Early Adaption

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

Influential and passionate people in FCT Health workers in Primary Health Care Centers Health practitioners from local government level to the state National Primary Health Care Development Agency

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

This idea is very sustainable, community members solving societal issues in unique ways using existing technology that they already have to identify and track immunization uptake of children in highly mobile homes.

What is the name of your organization

Vaccine Network for Disease Control

Explain your organization (250 characters)

Vaccine Network(VNDC) is an NGO with vision for sustainable community health and development for all through collaborations, policy advocacies, and immunization campaigns. VNDC is an active member of Health Sector Reform Coalition, WAVA...

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

  • Community-led organization (CBO)

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

We advocate for gender equity. Our organization thrives on our diversification. We have employees and volunteers from Nigeria, Benin republic and United States of America and they have all had awesome time working with us.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

1032, Anthony Ani, finance quarters, Wuye Abuja, Nigeria.

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 21-100 people

Website URL

www.thevaccinenetwork.org

Scale of organizational work

  • Community (working within one or a few local communities within a region)

Tell us more about you

VNDC is a member of National Immunization Task Team (NIFT), Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), Association of Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) as well as Women Advocates for Vaccine Access. VNDC is a strong team member that actively participate in planning, policy advocacy and service delivery. VNDC collaborates with FCT Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat(HHSS), FCT Public Health and FCT Primary Health Care board where we engage in community mobilization to significantly increase immunization uptake and link under-served communities to secondary/tertiary health care services where needed. Our team is full of well trained and experienced individuals on immunization drive

Applying to Gavi INFUSE

  • Referred by a friend / colleague

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