Expanding and improving urban outreach immunization in Patna, India
Objectives We conducted a case study of an urban immunization outreach strategy to determine the feasibility of the intervention and to measure administrative immunization coverage outcomes.
Methods A multipronged strategy for improving immunization coverage in Urban Patna, India, was implemented for 1 year (2009/2010). The strategy was designed to increase immunization sites, shift human resources, plan logistics, improve community mobilization, provide supervision, strengthen data flow and implement special vaccination drives.
Results Over 1 year, the coverage of all primary vaccines of the Universal Immunization Program improved by over 100%.
Conclusion Coverage can be rapidly improved through outreach immunization in low socioeconomic areas if existing opportunities are carefully utilized.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: UNICEF, Field Office of Bihar, Patna, India 2: Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, USA 3: Unicef Country Office, New Delhi, India 4: Department of Health Services, Government of Bihar, Patna, India
Publication date: March 1, 2012