Reaching the Unreached - Special Emphasis on the Communication Challenge in Zambia's Immunisation Programme
Immunisation is a proven cost effective strategy in promoting child health and one of the greatest medical achievements of our time. Along with advocacy, social mobilisation, and other important aspects of immunisation programmes, communication should be an inherent part of the programmes. Effective communication activities complement immunisation technical components. This paper provides an overview of the existing communication component in the Expanded Program on Immunisation (EPI) training in Zambia and critically analyses the need for a humane touch in the communication process so as to reach the target audience effectively. Interpersonal Communication (IPC) in Zambia has been shown to be effective. We recommend continuous multi modal communication with deliberate emphasis on IPC including attention to care givers or parental concerns.
Key words: Immunisation, Interpersonal Communication, Five key questions on vaccines