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Implementing systems that encourage parents and doctors to vaccinate

Routine early age child immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions. The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools such as Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to improve efficiency of vaccination programs has shown mixed but encouraging results in terms of success.
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Nature and Context

The advancements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can help overcome some of the challenges facing unvaccinated populations. Immunization information systems (IIS) are confidential, computerized, population-based systems that collect and consolidate vaccination data from vaccination providers and provide important tools for designing and sustaining effective immunization strategies.

Symptoms and Causes

Many countries have not only missed the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2015, but also face an even strenuous challenge with the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the goals among the SDG includes reducing under 5 child mortality to as low as 25 per 1000 live births. To achieve these ambitious yet feasible goals, a few challenges are inevitable which primarily include (i) reaching the most vulnerable and inaccessible communities (ii) defining mechanisms for introduction and prioritization of effective new vaccines, though not at the expense of sustaining current progress, (iii) upscaling to include adult, older population, (iv) scaling up immunization surveillance and (v) improving the quality of coverage monitoring mechanisms.

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