Review of Campaign Calendar database and news stories sheds more light on integrated campaigns
Measles and polio are likely the most common vaccines co-delivered, according to a review of the Campaign Calendar database and news stories across health domains and countries. Vitamin A supplementation and/or deworming treatment are often integrated as secondary interventions.
A rise in integrated campaigns
Linksbridge SPC, a collaborating partner in the HCE Coalition, conducted a review of campaign data in the Campaign Calendar database. From 2019 through 2022, 70 integrated campaigns (4% of the 1,957 total campaigns reported) occurred or are planned to occur in 37 countries with 14 interventions targeting diseases. Reported integrated campaigns increased each year: 4 campaigns occured in 2019, 16 in 2020, 41 campaigns in 2021, and 12 reported so far as of February 2022. Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia reported the highest numbers (9, 6, 4 and 4, respectively). The desk review was conducted in early 2022; for the most updated numbers, see the online Campaign Calendar here.
Campaign integration by disease
Campaign intervention pairings with primary and secondary disease targets are shown in the figure below. The most commonly integrated diseases are measles and polio (30 campaigns), measles and Vitamin A supplementation (16), measles and NTDs (9), and polio and vitamin A supplementation (9).
Media monitoring of campaigns
Linksbridge regularly captures local news stories across health domains and countries through a media monitoring service (Nexis Newsdesk) for a monthly newsletter. From April 2019 to February 2022, out of 550 news stories, 61 (60 full, 1 partial) or 11.1% included integration activities across 33 countries. Approximately 1/3 of the integrated campaign stories could be matched on dates, country and health domains to campaigns in the Campaign Calendar. Outside of Immunization Days or Vaccination Weeks, the most commonly integrated campaigns reported in the media occurred with polio, measles, and vitamin A supplementation, followed by deworming.
News stories surfaced a large number of combinations of interventions offered in integrated campaigns, and these stories are not always matched to an integrated campaign reported by a partner and entered to the Campaign Calendar. To supplement this information, Linksbridge is conducting an integration survey of key stakeholders, including campaign managers, to better understand integrated campaign activities that can be incorporated into the calendar database.
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Founded in 2008, Linksbridge SPC is a social purpose corporation working with nonprofit and social impact partners for nonprofit goals. Linksbridge SPC and the Health Campaign Effectiveness Program at the Task Force for Global Health (HCE) have collaborated as part of the coalition since 2019.