Malawi Medical Journal

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Determinants of vaccination coverage in Malawi: Evidence from the demographic and health surveys

A C Munthali


The purpose of this paper is to identify groups of children
in Malawi who are less or not reached by vaccination services
by using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys
conducted in Malawi in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. These
surveys have shown that the proportion of children aged 12-
23 months who were fully vaccinated by 12 months of age
has been decreasing: it was 67% in 1992, then 55%, 54% and
51% in 1996, 2000 and 2004, respectively. The review has
also shown that birth order of the child, residence (rural/
urban) and mother's education are major determinants of
the immunization status of the child.

Malawi Medical Journal Biology Vol. 19 (2) 2007: pp. 79-82
AJOL African Journals Online