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|Title: ||The fallacy of coverage : uncovering disparities to improve immunization rates through evidence; results from the Canadian International Immunization Initiative, Phase 2 - Operational Research Grants|
|Authors: ||Mhatre, Sharmila L.|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||BioMed Central, London, GB|
|Citation: ||Mhatre, S. L., & Schryer-Roy, A. (2009). The fallacy of coverage: uncovering disparities to improve immunization rates through evidence. Results from the Canadian International Immunization Initiative Phase 2 – Operational Research Grants. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 9(Suppl 1):S1. doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-S1-S1|
|Abstract: ||Immunization can and does save lives. However, the presence of vaccines does not easily translate
into every child being vaccinated, and this is what the studies in this journal supplement reveal.
From South Asia to West Africa, the evidence presented here reveals what we are calling the fallacy
of coverage, going beyond uncovering the real vaccination rates to providing evidence on the
reasons for the lack of effective coverage.
The evidence for the fallacy of coverage is part of an operational research program entitled the
Canadian International Immunization Initiative Phase 2 (CIII2). Through a competitive peer review
process, six research grants were awarded to increase access to and enhance immunization services.
This journal supplement provides a forum for the presentation of the results of five of the six studies.
The story of the fallacy of coverage is made up of five theme areas of evidence – timeliness of
immunization, social and gender inequities, vaccine efficacy, understanding demand side issues to
tailor interventions, and national data sets masking actual district level coverage rates – that reveal
the discrepancies in immunization coverage rates and the reasons behind these discrepancies. As
part of the story, and to turn around the fallacy of coverage, the studies also provide proof of
effective and locally relevant solutions.
Policies and funding, while keeping an eye on future diseases, clearly need to maintain and increase
support to address existing vaccine-preventable diseases to increase coverage such that by 2015
we can achieve 90% national vaccination coverage and reach the MDG of reducing mortality rates
among children under five by two-thirds.The results from the operational research grants of the
CIII2 offer some answers on how to reach this goal by demonstrating how locally generated
evidence can inform immunization strategies to ensure that children who need to get vaccinated
will get vaccinated, and vaccinated on time.|
|Project Number: ||102172|
|Project Title: ||Operational Research: Canadian International Immunization Initiative - Phase II (CIII2)|
|Appears in Collections:||Health Systems Research / recherche sur les systèmes de santé|
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) / la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né, et de l’enfant
Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII2) / l’initiative canadienne d’immunisation internationale
Research Results (GHRI) / Résultats de recherches (IRSM)
Research Results (GEHS) / Résultats de recherches (GESS)
2000-2009 / Années 2000-2009
IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
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