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Improving immunization in Afghanistan: results from a cross-sectional community-based survey to assess routine immunization coverage

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, April 2017
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Title
Improving immunization in Afghanistan: results from a cross-sectional community-based survey to assess routine immunization coverage
Published in
BMC Public Health, April 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4193-z
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Raveesha R. Mugali, Farooq Mansoor, Sardar Parwiz, Fazil Ahmad, Najibullah Safi, Ariel Higgins-Steele, Sherin Varkey

Abstract

Despite progress in recent years, Afghanistan is lagging behind in realizing the full potential of immunization. The country is still endemic for polio transmission and measles outbreaks continue to occur. In spite of significant reductions over the past decade, the mortality rate of children under 5 years of age continues to remain high at 91 per 1000 live births. The study was a descriptive community-based cross sectional household survey. The survey aimed to estimate the levels of immunization coverage at national and province levels. Specific objectives are to: establish valid baseline information to monitor progress of the immunization program; identify reasons why children are not immunized; and make recommendations to enhance access and quality of immunization services in Afghanistan. The survey was carried out in all 34 provinces of the country, with a sample of 6125 mothers of children aged 12-23 months. Nationally, 51% of children participating in the survey received all doses of each antigen irrespective of the recommended date of immunization or recommended interval between doses. About 31% of children were found to be partially vaccinated. Reasons for partial vaccination included: place to vaccinate child too far (23%), not aware of the need of vaccination (17%), no faith in vaccination (16%), mother was too busy (15%), and fear of side effects (11%). The innovative mechanism of contracting out delivery of primary health care services in Afghanistan, including immunization, to non-governmental organizations is showing some positive results in quickly increasing coverage of essential interventions, including routine immunization. Much ground still needs to be covered with proper planning and management of resources in order to improve the immunization coverage in Afghanistan and increase survival and health status of its children.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 43 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 15 35%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 12%
Unspecified 4 9%
Student > Bachelor 4 9%
Other 10 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 23%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 21%
Social Sciences 7 16%
Unspecified 5 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 7%
Other 9 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 May 2019.
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#1,186,976
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#38,604
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#1
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