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Appreciative Inquiry: Nepal Uses New Approach To Achieve Full Immunization For Children
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1. The appreciative inquiry (AI) approach was initiated by WHO in coordination with the Government of Nepal in 2012 to mobilize local communities and resources and build ownership among local communities towards the national immunization programme and ensure vaccination of every child in the country.
2. The underlying principle of AI is to focus on existing strengths and achievements rather than on analysis and criticism of unmet goals. This strength-based management tool is geared toward triggering an inner transformation within individuals who begin to see themselves as catalysts for change. Thus motivated,they take more responsibility and need less external support, supervision and monitoring to achieve their goals.
3. Other countries, including Afghanistan and Bangladesh, are interested to learn from Nepal’s success in using AI to achieve improvement of maternal and child health goals, including immunization.
4. The national immunization programme is a top priority for Nepal. Currently the government provides 12 antigens – BCG, DPT-HepB-Hib, OPV, IPV, MR, PCV and JE (high-risk districts) –free of cost to children mainly through 16 000 outreach services.
5. The vaccination coverage has increased over the years. The reported national coverage for the pentavalent (DPT-Hib-HepB) vaccine is more than 90% and that of the measles rubella is about 88% but the overage is not uniform throughout the country.
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