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Monitoring Immunization Coverage: questionnaire, analysis, and presentation [message #1799] Thu, 03 April 2014 12:23
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Posted by DHS on behalf of WHO and UNICEF Working Group for Monitoring Immunization Coverage:

Dear Dr Kishor and Dr Hancioglu:

Results from the USAID-supported Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and UNICEF supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) have provided invaluable information over the years not only to national Ministries of Health and Development but also to the broader international immunization community of researchers, policy makers and those providing technical and financial support to national immunization systems. We would like to express our appreciation for your continued efforts and would like to suggest some changes to the collection, analysis and presentation of the immunization information resulting from your surveys. As you may know, the immunization landscape is changing significantly with the increased availability of new vaccines, new national and international initiatives and new sources of funding.

In September 2012 the WHO and UNICEF working group for monitoring immunization coverage held a consultation with representatives of ICF International, the Global MICS coordinator and other UNICEF staff, and epidemiologists and statisticians from the United States of America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review the use of household and community surveys to monitor immunization programme performance. We attach a copy of the consultation report for your convenience. Attached we submit for your consideration recommendations from this consultation and additional reflections that we feel would improve the usefulness of your surveys for monitoring immunization programme performance.

WHO and UNICEF Working Group for Monitoring Immunization Coverage

Anthony H. Burton and Marta Gacic-Dobo, World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland

David W. Brown and Rouslan Karimov, United Nation's Children's Fund, New York, New York USA

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