Dear HIFA colleagues
As you know, a large number of countries, including in the global South, have launched programmes to increase the uptake of vaccines among adolescents. Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) has just published a new review on the effects of interventions to improve vaccine uptake among adolescents – this is available as open access here: https://bit.ly/2RHVirB
The review had the following key message: ‘This review showed that several different approaches may increase the number of adolescents who get their recommended vaccines. These include giving health education, offering gifts, and passing laws. However, more research is needed to understand what approaches work best, especially in low- and middle-income countries.’
Later this year, Cochrane EPOC will publish a qualitative evidence synthesis on factors that influence acceptance of HPV vaccination for adolescents (see https://bit.ly/37n2H6f ).
HIFA profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Medical Research Council of South Africa (www.mrc.ac.za). His work is mainly in the field of implementation research, including systematic reviews of health systems interventions; the development and evaluation of strategies for changing professional and user behaviours and the organization of care; and the use of lay or community health workers to deliver care. He is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs:
Email: simon.lewin AT nokc.no