COVID-19 Response in Nigeria: A State-to-State Learning Report

This report details findings and key learning from a State-to-State learning exchange workshop designed to understand how Nigeria addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),  and State Primary Health Care Development Agencies/Boards from Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, FCT, Kano, and Sokoto were part of this learning exchange.

Learn more about how Nigeria is mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic here.

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    COVID Won’t End Up Like the Flu; It Will Be Like Smoking

    The “new normal” will arrive when we acknowledge that COVID’s risks have become more in line with those of smoking cigarettes—and that many COVID deaths, like many smoking-related deaths, could be prevented with a single intervention.

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      Country Spotlight: Worry about Catching COVID-19 in Nigeria

      The percentage of respondents reporting “a great deal” of worry has been below 40% on the COVID Behaviors Dashboard for nearly a year (June 2021). With less than 10% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 as of May 2022 and the potential for underreporting of cases contributing to inaccurate measures of the true toll of COVID-19, public health messaging and targeting vulnerable or hard to reach populations may be critical to successful vaccination campaigns. Nigeria has seen success in relying on its polio response network to deliver COVID-19 and other vaccines, indicating a valuable strategy for current and future pandemics.

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      Emphasizing the Positive: the Aspirational Communication Model

      According to the CDC, “often a crisis results in changes in the way the future is viewed.” It can lead to a new “sense of strength and empowerment,” a “renewed sense of community,” and “opportunities for growth and renewal.” Tapping into positive emotions like these—and appealing to people’s aspirations for themselves and their communities—can power up persuasion and motivation. To drive positive behaviors, public health messaging needs to speak to the heart and the head.

      The Aspirational Communication Model provides a systematic, science-based approach to communicating with maximum motivating power. Drawing from motivational, cognitive, and social psychology, the model suggests that you achieve greater levels of interest and engagement when you connect with people on multiple levels.

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        VARN2022: Shaping Global Vaccine Acceptance with Localized Knowledge

        We are pleased to present the findings and insights stemming from the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s inaugural Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) conference, held virtually between March 1-3, 2022.

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          Cote d’Ivoire Easter COVID ‘Vaccinate Before Travel’ Campaign

          In Côte d’Ivoire, this news report shares about an innovative strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage through targeting Easter travelers.  Easter is a time of heavy travel; regional celebrations known as Paquinou are organized.  Large public gatherings/mass movement make this a high-risk period for transmission. the center of the country.

          The strategy promoted ‘vaccinate before travel’ and included pop up vaccination promotion to encourage travelers to get vaccinated before traveling.  This link includes a campaign report, a TV News report and Campaign images.

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            Understanding the behavioural and social drivers of vaccine uptake

            This is the first position paper to be published by WHO on the behavioural and social drivers (BeSD) of vaccine uptake. It summarizes the development of new tools and indicators to assess the BeSD of vaccine uptake for childhood and COVID-19 vaccination, enabling decision-makers on immunization policy, programme managers, and partners to address under-vaccination through an enhanced understanding of the underlying causes.

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              Engaging Religious Leaders to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination

              The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs-led Breakthrough ACTION project has been working in Malawi to engage religious leaders, educate them and help them use what they learn to help their congregants understand the value of vaccination and other COVID-prevention methods.

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              COVID-19 Campaign for Health Care Workers in Nigeria

              On this website, you’ll find creative content to use in COVID-19 vaccine campaigns for healthcare workers. From testimonials to memes and comic-strip illustrations, there are many content types and styles to work with.

              We hope you’ll enjoy using this content.

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                How to Conduct a Rapid Community Assessment

                Rapid community assessment (RCA) is a process for quickly collecting community insights about a public health issue in order to inform program design. The assessment involves reviewing existing data and conducting community-based interviews, listening sessions, observations, social listening, and surveys.

                The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to share an assessment guide and tools for those who wish to better understand their community’s needs regarding COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake among adults, adolescents, and children.

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