COVID-19 Vaccines Hesitancy Among Community Health Workers in Ethiopia and Associated Factors – Brief Report

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) has implemented the COVID-19 vaccine promotion project in Ethiopia with funding and support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Global Breakthrough ACTION mechanism. CCP/Ethiopia conducted a cross-sectional community-based assessment of community health workers’ (CHWs) hesitancy toward COVID-19 vaccines during June and July 2022. CHWs include both Health Extension Workers (HEWs) and Women Development Army (WDA). The assessment aimed to inform risk communication and vaccine promotion programs in Ethiopia. Face-to-face interviews were used to collect information from CHWs regarding exposure to messages about COVID-19 vaccines, risk perceptions and practices related to COVID-19 vaccines. A total of 998 randomly sampled CHWs (491 HEWs and 507 WDAs) were interviewed in five clusters of major regions of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz, Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region, Dire Dawa). About 200 randomly sampled CHWs were interviewed from each cluster.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers in Ethiopia and Associated Factors

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) has implemented a COVID-19 vaccine promotion project in Ethiopia with funding and technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the global Breakthrough ACTION mechanism. From February to March 2022, CCP/Ethiopia conducted a cross-sectional facility-based assessment of COVD-19 vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers (HCWs). The assessment aimed to inform the risk communication and vaccine promotion programs in Ethiopia. Mobile phone assisted interviews were used to collect information regarding exposure to COVID-19 messages, risk perceptions and behavioral practices that are relevant to COVID-19 vaccines. A total of 500 randomly sampled healthcare workers were interviewed from selected health centers and hospitals in five clusters of major regions of Ethiopia (Bahir Dar, Hawasa, Jimma, Assossa and Addis Ababa). About 100 randomly sampled HCWs were interviewed from each cluster.

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Supporting COVID-19 Mitigation

USAID and other organizations partnered with Impact Credit Solution (ICS) to mobilize a US$40 million fund to provide short-term financing to Indonesia’s healthcare providers and essential goods transportation companies. These short term loans will help these companies maintain their operations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has both made them more important than ever while plunging them into financial duress.

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    Breakthrough ACTION for COVID-19 campaign through Pharmacies Network

    JHCCP /BA COVID-19 is working with mClinica to conduct a campaign to pharmacy staff and pharmacy visitors to reach the elderly and other groups with low vaccination rates.
    The campaign is carried out digitally (online) through SwipeRx and also by placing educational materials in proposed 200 pharmacies in 4 priority districts of the JHCCP/BA project in East Java and South Sulawesi (Lumajang District, Pasuruan District, Sinjai District, and Bantaeng District.)

    This digital campaign was designed using the reference materials developed by the JHU CCP and MOH and was reviewed by Breakthrough Action and MOH and approved by the Ministry of Health on 6th July 2022. This report summarizes results from the initial 3-week deployment period in July 2022.

    The campaign includes content designed to build pharmacy professionals’ counseling capacity to bust myths and address vaccine hesitancy. All content was deployed in Bahasa Indonesia.

    Source: Breakthrough ACTION for COVID-19 campaign through Pharmacies Network

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    Results For The Qualitative Study On The Perception On And Hesitancy For COVID-19 Vaccine

    BA COVID-19 Project Indonesia conducted a qualitative study on the perception on and hesitancy for the COVID-19 vaccine.  This study aimed to understand the perception on and hesitancy for COVID-19 vaccination among unvaccinated people, the barriers and reasons for not receiving COVID-19 vaccination, sources of information and the comprehension of COVID-19 vaccination messages that have been received.

    Source: Results Qualitative Study On The Perception On And Hesitancy For COVID-19 Vaccine

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    Video Advocacy “Together We Can Beat COVID-19”

    BA COVID-19 Project Indoneisa developed a short video that convey messages about the importance of strengthening local government commitment through a collaboration with multi stakeholder, aimed at reducing barriers and challenges on COVID-19 vaccination for elderly. This short video is expected to encourage the local government to look at the condition of the elderly in their respective areas and make efforts to accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among elderly.

    The story revolves around a family who takes care of their elderly parents at home. The family is worried about their elderly parents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Some of the doubts in their minds are that vaccination will actually worsen the health condition of the elderly, what if they get sick after the vaccination, why do the elderly need to be vaccinated, and many more. The family then consulted with cultural leaders, health workers, cadre, friends to talk about all the hesitancies and what should be done. After the consultation the family feel safe and confident to take their elderly parents to the vaccination centre (Puskesmas). Closing statement should be strong enough to encourage policy makers to take action on this matter “All leaders unite in call for elderly vaccination against COVID-19”.

    Source: Video Advocacy “Together We Can Beat COVID-19”

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      USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso – Issue 4

      This is the fourth issue of the USAID’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Burkina Faso newsletter (March 2022). The newsletter contains information on how USAID and its implementing partners are helping to strengthen Burkina Faso’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Newsletter in English

      Bulletin en français

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        Social listening supports COVID-19 Communication response in the Philippines

        USAID Breakthrough ACTION worked with the Philippines’ Department of Health and Evident Marketing Communications to set up social listening scans on COVID-19 information, prevention and treatment, and vaccine confidence. These scans help DOH navigate shifting narratives and counter misinformation and disinformation while promoting COVID-19 prevention behaviors. They are also useful for decision-making and evaluation and helpful in documenting lessons learned to continuously improve SBC approaches.

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          COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Social Media Toolkit

          After the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent rollout, there has been an infodemic of misinformation circulating about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, reducing public trust in getting vaccinated. This social media toolkit aims to support Ministry of Health officials, frontline health workers, community leaders and members, and patient advocacy groups with key messages to help address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in their communities.

          This toolkit is also available in SwahiliLuganda, and Nigerian Pidgin English.

          Source: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Social Media Toolkit

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            COVID-19 Vaccine “Voices” and “Satisfied Clients”. Testimonials Part 2

            I am the last person I expected to catch COVID because I was super careful”, said a renowned music producer and a COVID-19 vaccine advocate in Ghana. These and other influential “Voices for COVID-19 Vaccine and testimonials from “Satisfied Clients” have been produced by the Ghana Health Service with support from Breakthrough ACTION featuring a Market Queen, Market Woman, Religious Leader, Civil Society Organization advocate, leading advocacy to ramp-up demand for, and increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana. The videos have been produced in English and three predominantly spoken local languages in Ghana: Hausa, Ga, and Ewe.

            Source: COVID-19 Vaccine “Voices” and “Satisfied Clients”. Testimonials Part 2

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