Ensuring universal access to immunization promotes better population health and improved outcomes across diverse aspects of development. Unfortunately, however, the benefits of vaccines are spread unevenly. Monitoring inequality in vaccination coverage is a way to identify where inequalities exist and where disadvantaged subgroups stand in terms of access to and utilization of health services. This course introduces the general steps of inequality monitoring in immunization, which should be an integral part of a country’s immunization programme.
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Overview: Equity is essential to the Sustainable Development Goal principle of ‘leaving no one behind’, as well as central to the WHO GPW13 objective of ‘serving the vulnerable’. Equity is embedded as a priority in global efforts to promote immunization. The WHO Immunization Agenda 2030: a global strategy to leave no one behind envisions “a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccines for good health and well-being”.
Monitoring inequalities in immunization is an important part of efforts to promote equity. Systematic approaches to measure inequalities in immunization provide information that can help countries tailor policies, programmes and service provision and demand promotion to close gaps in immunization. The outputs of inequality monitoring in immunization are particularly relevant to immunization programme review and planning activities, such as the desk review stage of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Review and comprehensive multi-year strategic plans (cMYPs).
This course examines the five general steps of inequality monitoring in the context of immunization programmes. The target audience is primarily monitoring and evaluation officers for immunization and people who have basic knowledge and experience working with immunization data.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, learners should be able to:
Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.