IVAC Sets Up Evidence-based Data Pool For Immunization Advocacy

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The John Hopkins International Vaccine Center (IVAC) is set to develop a voice tool that will enable Researchers; Advocates and Policy Makers easily find data on efficacy and value of vaccine immunization in Nigeria and the world at large.

This was revealed during a two-day workshop organized to strengthen advocacy for immunization through data.

The workshop, which held in Abuja, is meant to educate government officials, health advocates and media on the need to help create and drive policies that will bring about progress in vaccine immunization.

This is also expected to foster support and investment in routine immunization.

“The advocates need information that they can take to policy makers to say these are number of children that are dying from vaccine preventable diseases, and this is the impact that vaccines are having in Nigeria; therefore it’s a good investment… data from Nigeria is very important.” Said Chuzoba Wonodi, the Nigeria Project Lead, IVAC.

Briefing Newsmen at the opening of the event in Abuja, Wonodi said accurate data on vaccine immunization and access to it, is key to reducing preventable diseases in children.

She also noted that, routine immunization is paramount to averting disability caused by a preventable disease, which could also lead to avoidable deaths in infants.

Her words, “Cognitive impairment is caused by vaccine preventable diseases such as pneumoccocal meningitis and otitis media.

“The interaction of childhood diarrhea, Pneumonia and malnutrition contributes to vicious circle of poor health and delayed growth and development. Immunization can help promote healthy growth and development,” she added.

Wonodi further explained that increase in childbirth has created a funding gap for immunization programme in Nigeria, and almost affecting “the five-year transition out of Gavi funding support for new vaccines from 2017.”

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