This session highlighted the efforts being made in SEA countries to implement intensification activities for reaching more children with immunization services
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This session highlighted the efforts being made in SEA countries to implement intensification activities for reaching more children with immunization services. As more countries are now introducing new and underutilised vaccines, the session discussed progress and challenges for ountries to address issues around mobile population, access, shortage of workforce, community mobilization and GAVI support to address some of these issues.
Myanmar showed an in-depth sub-district data analysis, reasons have been identified for low coverage and efforts to address the gaps. GAVI HSS funds were re-programmed to address some of the challenges, specifically for mapping of high-risk areas and strengthening of outreach services.
Bhutan highlighted the challenges in tracking mobile population specifically in remote mountainous areas and emphasized their strategy to address equity issues in being able to reach displaced pockets of population. The country aims to reach 100 % of its children by end of 2013.
DPR Korea shared its success story of introducing penta valent vaccine and how dedicated its health workers are to reach every single child in the country.
Bangladesh explained its innovative strategies, engagements with NGO in achieving very high coverage and sustainability challenges.
During the discussions participants from India shared their experiences on scaling up routine immunization, the use of alternate vaccine delivery mechanisms and use of community health workers.
UNICEF participants high lighted the need to documents and share experience how Measles/Rubella campaign helps to strengthen routine EPI. PATH shared the need for JE vaccine advocacy in SEA countries and the need to add under utilised vaccines to save more lives.
Finally its was summarised how SEA countries are making great progress towards reaching more children , sustaining Polio-free status and learning from each others' experiences.