This brief provides rigorous evidence-based insights to implementers and researchers of social and behavior change (SBC) programs that seek to improve community knowledge, attitudes, norms and behaviors for improved health of women and their young children. The brief focuses on key outcomes in routine childhood immunization, including all basic vaccinations needed for a child to be considered fully immunized by their first birthday according to the Nigerian Ministry of Health: BCG, three doses of oral polio vaccine, three doses of DPT vaccine, and one dose of measles vaccine. It also addresses the barriers and facilitators to vaccine uptake. It is one of a series that present findings from a Breakthrough RESEARCH study on a wide range of psychosocial drivers of behavioral outcomes in family planning (FP), malaria, and maternal, newborn and child health, and nutrition (MNCH+N). The results presented in this series will inform the improvement of women's and children’s health in Nigeria and help achieve the objectives of the Nigerian Reproductive Health Policy, as well as support global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2020. “Routine childhood immunization—Insights for improving malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health outcomes in northwestern Nigeria through social and behavior change programming,” Programmatic Research Brief. Abuja: Population Council.