Communicate to Vaccinate 2

Communication is essential to the uptake of routine infant and childhood immunizations and is an integral feature of mass vaccination campaigns.  Communication is also key to achieving the goal of knowledgeable parents, caregivers and communities - important contributors to improving child health in low income settings and to achieving the health-related millennium development goals.

In the COMMVAC 1 project (2010 - 2012), the project team developed a taxonomy and evidence map of communication strategies for routine childhood vaccination.  These were presented to international stakeholders to set priorities for Cochrane systematic reviews. Two reviews have since been published, with an update currently underway.

Building on the work of COMMVAC 1, the aim of the COMMVAC 2 project (2013 - 2017) is to develop guidance for policy makers and programme managers on how to strengthen vaccine delivery and increase vaccination uptake in low-income countries (LICs) through the integration of evidence-based communication strategies that are adapted for local conditions.

This research is funded by the Research Council of Norway. View the COMMVAC website.

Project team

Name Organisation
Simon Lewin Norwegian Knowledge Centre  for the Health Services
Sophie Hill La Trobe University, Australia
Xavier Bosch-Capblanch Swiss Centre for International Health
Yuri Cartier International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)
Julie Cliff Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Claire Glenton Norwegian Knowledge Centre  for the Health Services
Jessica Kaufman La Trobe University, Australia
Vivian Lin La Trobe University, Australia
Artur Manuel Muloliwa Ministry of Health, Mozambique
Afiong Oku University of Calabar, Nigeria
Angela Oyo-Ita University of Calabar, Nigeria

Progress

The project team met in Nampula, Mozambique in April 2013 for a planning meeting, where outlines were developed for the three PhDs and one post-doctoral project which will be completed in the course of COMMVAC 2.

Three researchers have completed field work in Cameroon, Nigeria and Mozambique, gathering data on the implementation of communication strategies in the context of routine and mass vaccination campaigns. Papers describing their findings are underway. A qualitative systematic review about parents' and caregivers' experiences and perceptions of early childhood vaccination information is also in preparation.

The research team at La Trobe has developed a taxonomy of outcomes for measuring the effects of vaccination communication interventions. This taxonomy will inform the development of a core outcomes set (COS). Further information about this process can be found on the website for the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET) Initiative (http://www.comet-initiative.org/studies/details/633?result=true)

Publications and presentations

COMMVAC 2:

Peer reviewed

Posters and conference proceedings

  • Kaufman J, Hill S, Lewin S, Ryan R, Ames H, Bosch-Capblanch X, Cartier Y, Cliff J, Glenton C, Lin V, Muloliwa A M, Oku A, Oyo-Ita A, Rada G, Synnot A. (2014) Communication is everybody's business: developing methods to improve the evaluation of communication strategies for childhood vaccination. 22nd Cochrane Colloquium, Hyderabad, September 21 – 26 2014.
  • Kaufman J, Hill S, Lewin S, Ryan R, Ames H, Bosch-Capblanch X, Cartier Y, Cliff J, Glenton C, Lin V, Muloliwa A M, Oku A, Oyo-Ita A, Rada G. (2014) How do we know what works? Developing a vaccination communication outcomes taxonomy. PHAA 14th National Immunisation Conference, Melbourne, June 17 - 19 2014.

Presentations and seminars

  • Kaufman J. (2014). Communication is everybody's business: improving the design, measurement and implementation of communication strategies for childhood vaccination. Masterclass Presentation, Health Protection Branch, Department of Health Victoria, Melbourne, May 9 2014.
  • Kaufman J. (2013). Organising evidence on communication interventions to improve childhood vaccination in low- and middle-income countries: developing and applying the 'Communicate to Vaccinate' taxonomy. IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand, August 2013.
  • Ames H. (2013). Moving from evidence to implementation for childhood vaccination communication strategies: learning from programme experience in low income countries. IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand, August 2013.
  • Kaufman J, Lewin S. (2013) Can communication interventions improve childhood vaccination uptake and what are the implications for health systems? Findings from two systematic reviews. IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand, August 2013.

Other

COMMVAC 1:

Peer reviewed

  • Saeterdal I, Lewin S, Austvoll-Dahlgren A, Glenton C, Munabi-Babigumira S. Interventions aimed at communities to inform and/or educate about early childhood vaccination. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010232. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010232.pub2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010232.pub2/abstract
  • Willis N, Hill S, Kaufman J, Lewin S, Kis-Rigo J, De Castro Freire SB, Bosch-Capblanch X, Glenton C, Lin V, Robinson P, Wiysonge CS. "Communicate to vaccinate": the development of a taxonomy of communication interventions to improve routine childhood vaccination. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2013, 13:23. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-698X/13/23
  • Kaufman J, Synnot A, Ryan R, Hill S, Horey D, Willis N, Lin V, Robinson P. Face to face interventions for informing or educating parents about early childhood vaccination. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD010038. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010038.pub2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010038.pub2/abstract
  • Lewin S, Hill S, Abdullahi LH, Bensaude de Castro Freire S, Bosch-Capblanch X, Glenton C, Hussey GD, Jones CM, Kaufman J, Lin V, Mahomed H, Rhoda L, Robinson P, Waggie Z, Willis N, Wiysonge CS. 'Communicate to vaccinate' (COMMVAC). Building evidence for improving communication about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a programme of research. Implementation Science 2011, 6:125. http://www.implementationscience.com/content/6/1/125

Other

  • Willis N, Kaufman J. (2011) 'Communicate to Vaccinate': building on research knowledge to improve communication about childhood vaccination with parents and communities. InTouch: Newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia, 28:11.

Posters

  • Willis N, Hill S, Kaufman J, Lewin S (presenter), Bensaude de Castro Freire S, Bosch-Capblanch X, Glenton C, Lin V, Robinson P, Wiysonge CS. (2012) Developing a taxonomy to organise and conceptualise evidence on communication interventions to improve vaccination in low-and middle-income countries. XXth Cochrane Colloquium, Auckland, New Zealand, 30 Sept. - 3 Oct 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Review Suppl 27-28.
  • Lewin S, Hill S, Kaufman J, Willis N, Bensaude de Castro Freire S, Bosch-Capblanch X, Lin V, Robinson P, Wiysonge C. (2012) 'Communicate to vaccinate' (COMMVAC) project: Building evidence for communication about childhood vaccinations. Population Health Congress 2012, Adelaide, September 9-12 2012.
  • Lewin S, Hill S, Kaufman J, Willis N, Bensaude de Castro Freire S, Bosch-Capblanch X, Lin V, Robinson P, Wiysonge C. (2012) 'Communicate to vaccinate' (COMMVAC) project: building evidence for communication about childhood vaccinations. PHAA 13th National Immunisation Conference, Darwin, June 19 -21 2012.
  • Lewin S, Hill S, Kaufman J, Galak N, Kis-Rigo J, Anderson , Bosch-Capblanch X, Hussein L, Lin V, Mahomed H, Rhoda L, Robinson P, ben Saude de Castro Freire S, Waggie Z, Wiysonge C. (2011) A novel approach to building evidence for improving communication about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries: the 'communicate to vaccinate' (COMMVAC) project. XIX Cochrane Colloquium, Madrid, October 19-21 2011.
  • Lewin S, Hill S, Kaufman J, Galak N, Kis-Rigo J, Anderson , Bosch-Capblanch X, Hussein L, Lin V, Mahomed H, Rhoda L, Robinson P, ben Saude de Castro Freire S, Waggie Z, Wiysonge C. (2011) A novel approach to building evidence for improving communication about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries: the 'communicate to vaccinate' (COMMVAC) project. 6th Conference on Global Health and Vaccination Research and the Norwegian Medical Association`s 125th Anniversary Conference, Oslo, September 12–13 2011.

Contact

Jessica Kaufman
Research Officer and PhD candidate
COMMVAC 2 Project

T: +61 (0)3 9479 6013
F: +61 (0)3 9479 5977
Email: j.kaufman@latrobe.edu.au