VoICE Immunization Evidence: Synergies Between Health System Programs
Synergies between health system programs
An analysis of rotavirus vaccine introduction in two Latin American countries (Honduras and Peru) suggest that the introduction of the vaccine might have had a favorable impact on coverage and timing of other similarly scheduled vaccinations.
Prenatal care-seeking can be combined with maternal immunization to compound the health benefits to mother and child while leveraging the cost-savings of integrating programs.
Increased uptake of immunization for vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, could save the lives of thousands of mothers and children each year. The disease burden of tetanus, influenza, and pertussis has been minimized in many countries through maternal immunization, but wider applications of this strategy are now needed.
Where routine immunization programs are well-established, introduction of new vaccines rarely causes major disruptions and may offer collateral benefits.
Despite delivery of HPV vaccine through a mechanism new to the country (school-based campaigns), the HPV vaccine integrated well into the Rwandan health system and caused no major disruptions. In fact, its introduction resulted in strengthened collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education and provision of additional health services to school-children including health promotion sessions and de-worming.