The most used social media medium are the watsup and face book although we shall also use SMS. On average 7 out of 10 people have got smartphones and therefore can access social media. The commonest medium of public announcements are the locally established community radios. The mobile community in Kenya also either work, or do business or study in Uganda, some of them are also residents in Uganda and therefore whatever policy made in Uganda directly and indirectly affects them. So they will definitely be on board. The communities in both Busia Kenya ad Busia Uganda mostly use and speak Kiswahili language as their means of communication, so language is not a problem. They are called cross boarder mobile communities because they survive between Uganda and Kenya in their daily lives but they are not new or foreigners in the host community. they are bonefide residents in these areas
We have tested this with other cross border projects of similar nature but on environmental health(cross border waste management) The hurdles could still be non harmonized policy and vaccine sharing at the border that is needed for Uganda and Kenya alike. Strong effective coordination and information giving structures are considered able to improve the gaps and increased participation.
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1. We would like to focus mainly on addressing information access gaps and local participation of stakeholders. 2. We have information gaps in terms of the importance of children, immunization schedules, immunization myths and immunization difference, roles and responsibilities of care givers and laws regarding immunization. 3.In Uganda, the coordination structure is the village health teams(VHT), and the village environment committees(VECs) who are village based and are charged with immunization mobilization or health related mobilization, while in Kenya its a different structure. Therefore we would like to focus on providing accurate, timely and correct information and also foster local participation of caregivers, mobile populations and other stakeholders. So educating people about immunization through documentaries and social media can be effective. 4. Our experience is that cross border communities are mobile due to their nature of business and therefore can only be targeted through social media and public communication announcements at their convenience and their participation to understand the childhood killer diseases, while mobile and and also for host populations. 5. Crosborder communities have a two nation life styles and therefore do migrate from one country to another and co-exist with other migrants. Most mobile populations settle in the towns, the move from place to place temporally, seasonally or semi permanent for a host of voluntary and involuntary reasons,here children and women are most affected, so information targeting host and mobile populations to sustainable manage cross border integrated health concerns are vital for surveillance and addressing the gaps.