Methods

Improving the Effectiveness of an Integrated Measles and Meningitis A Immunization Campaign

Collaborative planning of an integrated campaign in a context of multiple epidemics

Methods

The study design was a descriptive, mixed-methods study. It consisted of a desk review of reports and strategic documents of EPI, along with stakeholder interviews. Interviews were conducted with decision-makers across the health system: at the national, regional, district levels and in the community. Study participants were selected based on their involvement in the collaborative planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the integrated MenA-MEAS2 campaign (which was in the planning stages when this case study went to print). The study tool included questions about campaign governance, collaboration in campaign planning, micro-planning, and community acceptability.

Methods

  • Prospective desk review of reports and strategic documents of EPI.
  • Observation of EPI coordination meetings and integrated campaign planning technical meetings with implementing partners.
  • Individual interviews with Ministry of Health authorities, technical and financial partners, regional health leaders, heads of health centers, community leaders, and heads of households in the Kankan region.
  • Qualitative data management and analysis was done in Sphinx by socio-anthropologists using a thematic approach and inductive coding.

Stakeholders for a MenA-MEAS2 integrated campaign

Stakeholders are at the national, regional, and community levels.
Collaborative planning meeting for an integrated vaccine campaign (credit: FOSAD-CEFORPAG)

Community leaders, local groups, heads of households, and children’s caregivers were interviewed to assess perceptions of vaccination and acceptability of an integrated campaign.