WORLD IMMUNIZATION DAY (the role of the stakeholder)

INTRODUCTION

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Young and Lonely Foundation (YLF) and Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCHN) part take in the world immunization day. The immunization day was held at Kolabu hospital as one of the biggest hospital in the country. The backbone of the immunization worldwide is an organisation called GAVI. GAVI HSS Project seeks to create demand for immunization in selected districts and communities across the country. In the Gomoa East District, GAVI HSS Project has been implemented in ten (10) communities by three NGOs namely: Young and Lonely Foundation (YLF), ICARE and HERO-Network. YLF has implemented the project in two communities in the District namely Pomadzi and Asebu. The implementation of the project in these two communities in the Gomoa East District will be the focus of this report. Basically, the world immunisation day was celebrated to bring all implementer partner and all the stakeholders together to talk about the successes and the challenges facing the immunisation project in the country and to suggest a solution to the problems uncounted.

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The purposes of the meeting were to introducing the Project to the stakeholders and seek their support. At the meeting, the DHMT and the all other stakeholders applauded the NGOs for the initiative and have promised their total support for effective and successful implementation of the project.

The meeting also created the platform where the NGOs, DHMT, and the stakeholder discussed strategies for the effective implementation of the project in the communities and the country at large. Before the meeting came to a close, ten (10) Districts where immunization education was low were selected for the project. Finally, the stakeholders discussed some health challenges such as lack of health facilities, lack of commitment on the part of community volunteers’ malaria, cholera and possible solutions to nip the health

challenges in the bud were suggested

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Mr. Gilbert K. Germain, the executive director for YLF said, Child immunization and vaccination health education is one of the surest ways of eradicating child mortality in our communities and the country at large. Over the years, various social interventions and education were carried out by Young and Lonely Foundation in their catchment areas of sensitization (Gomoa East district). This among other things led to the coverage of sixty eight percent even though it is below the national target of ninety percent (Ghana health service report, 2014 Gomoa East).  The nature of the problem demands that more collaborative efforts are brought to the fore so that a lasting solution can be provided to child mortality underpinned by lack of immunization. The advent of the GAVI HISS project could not have come at a better time than this as it will help create more awareness on immunization hence the need for parents and stakeholders to treat immunization with all seriousness.

The meeting was successfully with a lot of progress even though there were some challenges. The entire participant agreed to put up their best and promised to implement the strategies discussed to chalk more progress in the subsequent years to come.

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