The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in May 1974 with the objective to vaccinate children throughout the world. Ten years later, in 1984, the WHO established a standardized vaccination schedule for the original EPI vaccines: Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DPT), oral polio, and measles. Increased knowledge of the immunologic factors of disease led to new vaccines being developed and added to the EPI’s list of recommended vaccines: Hepatitis B (HepB), yellow fever in countries endemic for the disease, and Haemophilus influenzae meningitis (Hib) conjugate vaccine in countries with high burden of disease.
In 1999, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) was created with the sole purpose of improving child health in the poorest countries by extending the reach of the EPI. The GAVI brought together a grand coalition, including the UN agencies and institutions (WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank), public health institutes, donor and implementing countries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, the vaccine industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and many more. The creation of the GAVI has helped to renew interest and maintain the importance of immunizations in battling the world’s large burden of infectious diseases.
The current goals of the EPI are: to ensure full immunization of children under one year of age in every district, to globally eradicate poliomyelitis, to reduce maternal and neonatal tetanus to an incidence rate of less than one case per 1,000 births by 2005, to cut in half the number of measles-related deaths that occurred in 1999, and to extend all new vaccine and preventive health interventions to children in all districts in the world.
In addition, the GAVI has set up specific milestones to achieve the EPI goals: that by 2010 all countries have routine immunization coverage of 90% of their child population, that HepB be introduced in 80% of all countries by 2007 and that 50% of the poorest countries have Hib vaccine by 2005.
In each of the United Nations’ member states, the individual national governments create and implement their own policies for vaccination programs following the guidelines set by the EPI. Setting up an immunization program is multifaceted and contains many complex components including a reliable cold chain system, transport for the delivery of the vaccines, maintenance of vaccine stocks, training and monitoring of health workers, outreach educational programs to inform the public, and a means of documenting and recording which child receives which vaccines.
Each distinct region has slightly varying ways of setting up and implementing their own immunization programs based on their existing level of health infrastructure. Some areas will have fixed sites for vaccination: healthcare facilities such as hospitals or health posts that include vaccination along with many other health care activities. But in areas where the number of structured health facilities is small, mobile vaccination teams consisting of staff members from a health facility can deliver vaccines straight to individual towns and villages. These ‘outreach’ services are often scheduled throughout the year. However, in especially under-developed countries where proper communication and infrastructure is absent, cancellation of the planned immunization visits leads to deterioration of the program. A better strategy in such countries is the ‘pulse immunization’ technique, where ‘pulses’ of vaccines are given to children in annual vaccination campaigns.
Additional strategies are needed if the area of the immunization program consists of poor urban communities because such areas tend to have low uptake of vaccination programs. Door-to-door canvassing, also referred to as channeling, is used to increase uptake in such hard to reach groups. Finally, periodic national level mass vaccination campaigns are being increasingly included in the immunization programs.
In each country, immunization programs are monitored using two different methods: an administrative method and through community-based surveys. The administrative method involves using immunization data from public, private, and NGO clinics. Thus the accuracy of the administrative method is limited by the availability and accuracy of reports from these facilities. This method is easily performed in areas where the government services deliver the immunizations directly or where the government supplies the vaccines to the clinics. In countries without the infrastructure to do this, community based surveys are used to estimate immunization coverage.
Community-based surveys are applied using a modified cluster sampling survey method developed by the World Health Organization. Vaccine coverage is evaluated using a two-stage sampling approach in which 30 clusters and seven children within each cluster are selected. Health care workers with no or limited background in statistics and sampling are able to carry out data collection with minimal training. Such a survey implementation provides a way to get information from areas where there is no reliable data source. It is also used to validate reported vaccine coverage (for example, from administrative reports) and is expected to estimate vaccine coverage within 10 percent.
Surveys or questionnaires, though frequently considered inaccurate due to self-reporting, can provide more detailed information than administrative reports alone. If home based records are available, not only can vaccination status be determined but also dates of vaccination can be reviewed to determine if vaccinations were given at an ideal age and in appropriate intervals. Missed immunizations can be identified and further qualified. Importantly, other systems of vaccine delivery besides clinics used for administrative evaluation can be identified and included in analysis.
Sorce :- wikipedia.org/wiki/Expanded_Program_on_Immunization
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Nicou (125286) 2010-04-25 3:15
Très belle iamge colorée et viviante ce dames et les enfants, avec leurs bels habits, elle donnent de sosins, amngigique compo et captage.
bravo et amitié
JCG (35129) 2010-04-25 5:05
Oral vaccination which seems more accepted than the puncture !!! An important subject on the public health excellently put in image by your photograph and this interesting article. I like the attention paid by these people with this child. Good and interesting photograph on the daily life of your country, thank you Nilotpal.
With all my friendships and very good Sunday,
belido (19934) 2010-04-25 5:50
that's a great daily life scene. It looks I'm seeing this is Brazil. We also have a program for polio immunization. A documentary image with an important context. Well done and TFS!
Urs (14082) 2010-04-25 6:52
That is a very good educational shot, to show how developed India's health care already is. Also your well researched note is outstanding. Thigh but nice framing with fine color hues and high sharpness. Well done.
I had a brief look at your gallery, very interesting, I like it. Thanks for your critique of my mosque shot from Yan.
Longroute (19396) 2010-05-05 23:52
The scene is captured in the right moment and well framed, and there are a number of interesting subjects. I wonder whether the lady sitting at right is the mother of the child or a kind of supervisor. Quite a good reportage photo.
delpeoples (53726) 2010-05-06 0:18
Namaskar Nilotpal, this is a very important document, I have seen photos like this one from my own country and they always bring a sense of history and progress to them. Imagine the lives this program has saved and will continue to save. A Work in Progress! Thanks for your poignant photo. Have a good day, Lisa
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