Immunization

Child-to-child adoption strategy

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Pupils practice filling out the adoption tool

In 2008, two local government areas (LGAs) of Sokoto State employed a child-to-child adoption strategy to convey immunization information to those families that continue to resist treatment.  The new approach was precipitated by the realization that many women in the state were not able to attend the community dialogues and that many of the women do not read the lingua franca of the region, English. School children were chosen as best able to share information with their parents, siblings and neighbors.

Five schools in the Dange Shuni ward and four in Wurno ward were asked to participate. Ten children were chosen from each school and were trained for two days employing adoption tools that had been translated in Hausa, the local language.

The young advocates shared their knowledge with local resistant families and they were also given time off from school to follow up with their assigned families during the May '08 SIPDs. The children were available to re-consul those families who continued to resist treatment and in most areas significantly raised the percentage of vaccinations. Results are listed below.

CHILD-TO-CHILD STRATEGY- PILOT IN DANGE SHUNI LGA
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CHILD-TO-CHILD STRATEGY- PILOT IN WURNO LGA
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