Journal article

Strengthening routine immunization in Papua New Guinea: a cross-sectional provincial assessment of front-line services

Christopher J Morgan, Olga PM Saweri, Nicholas Larme, Elizabeth Peach, Pele Melepia, Lucy Au, Michelle JL Scoullar, Mohammad Salim Reza, Lisa M Vallely, Barbara McPake, James G Beeson

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Routine immunization programs face many challenges in settings such as Papua New Guinea with dispersed rural populations, rugged geography and limited resources for transport and health. Low routine coverage contributes to disease outbreaks such as measles and the polio that re-appeared in 2018. We report on an in-depth local assessment that aimed to document immunization service provision so as to review a new national strategy, and consider how routine immunization could be better strengthened. METHODS: In East New Britain Province, over 2016 and 17, we carried out a cross-sectional assessment of 12 rural health facilities, staff and clients. The study was timed to follow imple..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for study operations was provided by grants from the June Canavan Foundation Australia; Bank South Pacific Community Grant, Papua New Guinea; Finkel Foundation Australia; National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Research Fellowship to JGB [1077636], Postgraduate Scholarship to CM [1075065]). Burnet Institute acknowledges funding from the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program, and the NHMRC Independent Research Institutes Support Scheme. Funders had no role in data collection, analysis, interpretation, manuscript preparation or decisions to publish.