In collaboration with the International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
A global training package that uses local context and social norms to motivate parents to vaccinate, and help them remember when to do it.
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Almost 7.7 million unimmunized children live in fragile or humanitarian settings.
Global vaccination coverage is at 85% but better immunization could prevent an additional 1.5 million deaths.
Of the nine vaccines recommended for all infants in their first two years of life, seven of them require multiple doses.
People make poor decisions when under stress. When poverty and insecurity is constant, it’s harder to think of anything else.
Up to 12 million local volunteers are engaged in Red Cross or Red Crescent National Societies in 189 countries.
Up to 18,000 volunteers work in conflict-affected areas.
Vaccine schedules are hard for all of us to remember. In fragile and underserved areas, the threat of disease is constant and the importance of vaccination may pale against the daily needs of the family. Keeping track of complicated vaccine schedules is hard for most people, unless you have a little help from a health provider.
Instead of creating a thick manual with hundreds of bullet points or making volunteers memorize dosages and timetables, we focused on a picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words idea. And on making our module as much fun for the volunteers to use as we had creating it.
We created a board game, ‘Vax Facts.’ It helps IFRC’s volunteers test their knowledge of immunization by taking on the role of a parent who must get all of their child’s vaccinations before they turn two. A calendar for parents links vaccinations to important events, from birthdays and religious landmarks, to community milestones. These visual tools are fun but also serve a serious purpose — they help volunteers recall and adapt complex information to increase vaccination coverage.