Application of mobile technology for improving expanded program on immunization among highland minority and stateless populations in northern Thailand border.

BACKGROUND: Studies of undervaccinated children of minority/stateless populations have highlighted significant barriers at individual- community- and state levels. These include geography-related difficulties- poverty- and social norms/beliefs. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess project outcomes regarding immunization coverage- as well as maternal attitudes and practices toward immunization. METHODS: The StatelessVac" project was conducted in Thailand-Myanmar-Laos border areas using cell phone-based mechanisms to increase immunization coverage by incorporating phone-to-phone information sharing for both identification and prevention. With limitation of the study among vulnerable populations in low-resource settings the pre/post assessments without comparison group were conducted. Immunization coverage was collected from routine monthly reports while behavior-change outcomes were from repeat surveys. RESULTS: This study revealed potential benefits of the initiative for case identification/ i

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