Key Considerations for Integrating COVID-19 Vaccination Services: Insights from Iraq and Syria for the MENA Region

This brief draws on evidence from academic and grey literature and consultations with partners working in the COVID-19 response to review current integration efforts (as of August 2022) and explore potentially effective ways to integrate COVID-19 vaccination into other services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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    Lessons Learned and Good Practices: Country-specific Case Studies on Immunization Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The methodology for this report included a literature review of available documentation and research, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions with UNICEF country and regional offices and partners. The process led to a series of six case studies, which describe predominantly positive campaign experiences, documenting lessons and good practices that can inform future immunisation programmes carried out during COVID-19 or similar circumstances.

    Source: Lessons Learned and Good Practices: Country-specific Case Studies on Immunization Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    Cameroon Vaccination campaign tools (5th round)

    This is a collection of materials for Cameroon’s COVID-19 vaccination SBC campaign.

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    COVID-19 SBC Message Guide

    Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) conducted a COVID-19 prevention campaign with funding from the United States Agency for International Development under the global Breakthrough ACTION mechanism. Under this project, CCP supported the RCCE team in Ethiopia to develop a comprehensive message guide that informs the development of SBC campaigns and materials.

    Source: COVID-19 SBC Message Guide

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    A New Guidance for RCCE Coordination in Public Health Emergencies

    National governments are responsible for implementing Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) as a key pillar of their respective public health response, as articulated in the International Health Regulations (2005). However, civil society at all levels, together with a multitude of others including the media and private sector, should (and often do) also support the government and its partners to fulfil this responsibility.

    This guidance document designed by the Collective Service provides ways to ensure predictable, sustainable and well-functioning RCCE coordination platforms, strategies and approaches that work with the government and partners, at national, state and local levels.

    Source: A New Guidance for RCCE Coordination in Public Health Emergencies

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      Rooted in Trust: Addressing Vaccine Misinformation through Information Ecosystem Strengthening in Zimbabwe and South Sudan

      This powerpoint shares a response to COVID-19 misinformation among vulnerable communities and people affected by humanitarian crises with a focus on Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

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        Digital Social Listening Insights on COVID-19 Vaccines and Reproductive Health in Eastern and Southern Africa

        This report provides an overview on:

        • Data on engagement generated by social media posts/ digital news articles around COVID-19 vaccines and specific sub-filters shared by users and digital news outlets geolocated in 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
        • Conversations around reproductive health represented about 2-15% of overall engagement on COVID-19 vaccines.
        • Overall conversations around pregnancy and fertility generated ~400k engagements in the past year (COVID-19 conversations generated +10M engagements in the same period).

        Source: Digital Social Listening Insights on COVID-19 Vaccines and Reproductive Health in Eastern and Southern Africa

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          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.

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

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          An Imperative for the National Public Health School in Burkina Faso to Promote the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Critical Analysis

          The NIH conducted a critical analysis in Burkina Faso based on information from the gray literature of NPHS. This critical analysis was preceded by a review of systematic reviews on barriers and facilitating factors to using ICTs in higher education and a systematic review of ICT use during the COVID-19 pandemic in higher education. An ICT integration model and a clustering of ICT integration factors guided the analysis.

          Source: An Imperative for the National Public Health School in Burkina Faso to Promote the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Critical Analysis

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