Strengthening Data Quality and Demand Generation in Afar and Somali Regions, Ethiopia.

Donor: The Gavi Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI)

Project Type: Emergency

Location: Gode and Adadle.

Project About: Immunization is one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health interventions.  Each year, it prevents debilitating illness and disability and saves two to three millions of lives. The Gavi Alliance is a unique organization that aligns public and private resources in a global effort to create greater access to the benefits of immunization. It does this with precision and in creative, innovative ways to ensure that, donor contributions efficiently save lives and help build self-sufficiency in the world’s poorest communities and regions.  It brings together all the main actors in immunization including developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrial and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society organizations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

The Gavi story begins towards the end of the 20th century, when global immunization efforts were beginning to plateau. Despite the promising progress of the previous two decades, by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), there were still 30 million children living in poor countries who were not fully immunized. Coverage was stagnating and in-some places even declining. And even though new life-saving vaccines were becoming available, beyond the original six EPI vaccines, virtually none were reaching children in developing countries, those who needed them most, because they were too expensive.

Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to contribute for improvement of immunization coverage and equity in Afar and Somali Region of Ethiopia through strengthening data quality and community demand generation.

Outcomes: The proposed outcome indicators of the project are taken from the two RHBs routine immunization improvement plan (2019/2020 – 2021/22). The main outcome indicators of this project are:

  • Improved completeness and timeliness of routine immunization data at HF and woreda level
  • Improved data management and utilization for decision making at health facility and woreda health office
  • Increased level of knowledge of mothers/care takers on immunization service
  • Increased routine immunization (Pentavalent 3) coverage in target woredas
  • Reduced vaccination dropout rate in targeted woredas.