A Wearable Reminder: Prompting Caregivers to Stick to Vaccination Schedules in Kano State

The wearable immunisation alert wristband became an immunisation referral tool for the health workers because caregivers who received it told other women where they got it from. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
The Wearable Immunisation Alert bands were created to determine the effectiveness of using wearable alerts to improve adherence to vaccination schedules. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Four primary health centres located in Minjibir and Gazewa LGAs of Kano State participated in the pilot project. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Beyond their immediate communities, some of the primary health centres serve over 40 communities within their catchment area. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Most of the community members selected to participate in the project said they understood the value of immunisation, but their challenge was in remembering to adhere to the immunisation schedule.
According to a report from Sydani, the Wearable Immunisation Alert wristband had a 100% acceptance rate by caregivers in the project communities. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
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The working relationship that project assistants developed with community members and the health facility staff contributed to the project’s success. Community members referred to Sulaiman Umar as “Mai Agogo” which translates to “the watch man”. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Sulaiman Umar and Fatima Sharif, worked with focal persons in charge of immunisation and in-charge of the facilities to program the wristbands for caregivers after each immunisation visit. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Amina T Muhammad, (second from left) the officer-in-charge of Gandirwawa PHC in Minjibir LGA said the wristband made more women voluntarily bring their children to be immunised and she didn’t have to organise a lot of vaccination outreaches. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
More caregivers coming to the primary healthcare facility to vaccinate their children helped reduce vaccine wastage because opened vials were exhausted before opening another. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Years after the project completion, most of the women in the community kept their wristbands. The markings on the band which included local aesthetics probably contributed to their acceptance of the band. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Caregivers were happy to share their children’s immunisation cards which showed they kept to their appointments. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
The programme team effectively engaged with both community members and health workers in the communities where the project was implemented. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
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