Immunisation Rates in Nigeria, Can Children Help? (2)

15 April, 2019

Clare thank you for this posting. Yes, the immunisation rates in Nigeria remains a tragedy - it seems everything thrown at it fails to move the needle. Our view is that one of the main reasons for the failure is the over emphasis on adhoc 'National Immunisation Days' (NIDs) full of officialdom and razzmatazz at great expense, rather than promoting Routine Immunisation, so that every day, every parent or carer has the opportunity to take their children for immunisation rather than wait for these big periodic and expensive NIDs. And they end up not taking their kids for Routing clinics, rather, they wait for the NID to meet big VIPs and take photo opportunity - confusing for parents and carers. 

Your posting made me remember the role of children in helping Nigeria 'conquer' Ebola in 2014. I recall that many donor partners do help including the following that I suppose you can try  for funding:

CIFF grants on outreach andcommunication to communities through:

Action Aid, 

Restless Development,

Red Cross  


Save the Children 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

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