Assessing the characteristics of un- and under-vaccinated children in low- and middle-income countries: A multi-level cross-sectional study
Communities at risk of non- and under-vaccination are often characterized by poverty, lack of access to health care and other basic services, civil/political unrest, poor sanitation practices, overcrowding, etc. In 2017, the Equity Reference Group (ERG) for immunization identified these to be remote-rural, urban slums and conflict-affected areas. To target these at risk groups effectively, robust and current evidence on their population sizes, geographic distribution, immunisation levels, and other characteristics is needed. A global scale work undertaken by WorldPop seeks to address this need. Goal of current analysis: “to investigate and quantify the relationships between non- and under-vaccination and key community variables–remoteness, conflict and urban slum—both when and when not controlling for other factors in nine LMICs”.