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Official Launch of the VERSE Equity Toolkit For Multidimensional Equity Assessments


Zoom Webinar

To identify what issues impair vaccine coverage, researchers traditionally look for an association with just one variable — wealth, for example — instead of examining the host of factors in play. Typical equity metrics may not appropriately account for the compounding effect of geographic and sociodemographic factors on immunization outcomes, such as, in the case … Continued


Social Gender Barriers to Immunisation


Zoom Webinar

This is the first of three learning sessions about gender barriers to immunization. This 1.5 hour webinar will provide participants with an understanding of key concepts of gender-related barriers such as gender versus sex, intersectionality, applying a “gender lens” to programming, and the gender continuum in programming, i.e., gender blind vs gender responsive vs gender … Continued


Structural Gender Barriers to Immunisation


Zoom Webinar

This 1.5 hour webinar on structural gender barriers to immunization is the second in a series of three sessions. This session will cover barriers that relate to the health system and particularly to the health workforce. It will also cover the effectiveness of gender responsive, and gender transformative strategies related to immunization, and how to … Continued


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Applications Open for New Fellowship on COVID-19 Recovery for Routine Immunization Programs

What: WHO, in partnership with Sabin’s Boost Community, is offering a fellowship program for national and sub-national immunisation staff to support them as they plan and implement activities for the recovery and strengthening of their countries’ immunisation programmes. When: Starting Wednesday, May 11, 2022, this cohort will participate in a comprehensive program over the course … Continued

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Training for Promotion of Vaccine Demand to Maintain and Restore Routine Immunisation and Promote COVID-19 Vaccination

What: This training, for the first time, ties together the interrelated threads of infodemic management, behavioral insights, and social data and intervention design into a training and rostering strategy that addresses country needs now. Trainees will be equipped with the latest tools, resources and expertise to comprehensively promote vaccine demand, supported by expertise from WHO, … Continued

Linked Community News March 2022

This newsletter is available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Network Updates NEW PODCAST AND BLOG: Overcoming Immunisation Workforce Challenges Due to COVID-19Linked Network Facilitators sat down with three health workforce experts to discuss the ongoing workforce challenges faced by immunisation programmes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how countries across the world have … Continued

Vaccine Hesitancy: 10 Lessons from Chatbotting about COVID-19 in 17 Countries

This article originally appeared on the World Bank Blog. Below is a brief excerpt. In January 2021 the World Bank launched a new program to support countries to understand and reduce vaccine hesitancy using behavioral science. The work is done through social media surveys and randomized experiments, allowing us to understand people’s beliefs about COVID-19 … Continued

NEW COURSE: Storytelling For Change

The Boost Community, in partnership with People Power Health, is pleased to announce that we will again be offering Storytelling for Change, a five-week self-paced online (via mobile phone) course grounded in the practice of social movements and activism that provides an opportunity for immunization professionals to learn new skills to generate public emotion, values … Continued

Kenya Government Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy

While Kenya has seen the percentage of people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus gradually increase to 19%, some people – like nomadic herders – have been harder to reach. So, Kenyan authorities offered an incentive – herders who get the jab can also get routine vaccinations and medicines for their livestock. To learn more, check … Continued