Reducing missed opportunities for vaccination in Mozambique: findings from a cross-sectional assessment conducted in 2017

Objective Missed opportunities for vaccination (MOV) are a significant contributor to low vaccination coverage. To better understand the magnitude and underlying causes of MOV among children aged 0–23 months in Mozambique, we conducted an assessment and developed a roadmap for strengthening the country’s childhood immunisation programme. Setting Three provinces in North, South and Central Mozambique. Methods The assessment applied a mixed-method approach. From a sample of 41 health facilities, we conducted exit interviews with caregivers of children aged 0–23 months (n=546), surveys with health workers (n=223), focus group discussions with caregivers (n=6) and health workers (n=5), and in-depth interviews with health facility managers (n=9). We analysed the data to assess the magnitude of MOV and to identify causes of MOV and ways of preventing them. Results Vaccination records were available for 538 children. Sixty per cent (n=324) were eligible for vaccination on arriving for their health fac

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Added on: 02 February, 2022
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