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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:55

MHEN to improve immunization coverage in Thyolo

Written by  Hendriner Kagwira

Thyolo, March 12, 2019: Thyolo District Health Office (DHO) has expressed optimism that immunisation coverage in the district will improve owing to Malawi Health Equity Network’s (MHEN) health system and immunisation strengthening project.

The intervention will attempt to take various immunisations to all areas, especially hard to reach in the district.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday after briefing the District Executive Committee (DEC), Deputy Extension Planning and Immunisation Coordinator for Thyolo DHO, Newton Selemani said the district faces a lot of challenges that affect immunization programmes which would be addressed by the new project.

“We have challenges with immunization in the district and such constraints include the district’s topography, religious beliefs, attitudes and limited of space in clinics which affects immunization campaigns,” he pointed out

 Selemani said the health system and immunization strengthening initiative would strive to reach all hard to reach areas in collaboration with health surveillance assistants.

MHEN’s Programme Manager, Davies Mwachuchu said the project would include activities that would help in identifying problems affecting immunisation coverage and providing solutions to the same.

“We will establish more mother care groups which will help in tracking immunisation defaulters, conducting awareness and sensitisation meetings to enhance high immunisation coverage,” he said.

“The DHO will oversee and coordinate activities at community level and will report to regional and national offices,” Mwachuchu added.

The project is being funded by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and will run for five years.

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