Protecting the Worlds Children: Immunisation policies and practice

Paperback | July 6, 2013

EditorSidsel Roalkvam, Desmond Mcneill, Stuart Blume

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Vaccination programmes now represent a major part of the effort devoted to improving the health of children in developing countries. These donor-funded programmes tend to be global in scope and focus on worldwide goals and targets such as "polio eradication", and the Millennium DevelopmentGoals. Health policy makers at the national level are expected to implement these programmes in a standard manner and report progress according to a few standard indicators. Pressures and incentives to meet the targets set are then transmitted down to the community level health worker who actuallymeets the parents and children to implement the programmes. Drawing on first hand, original research in India and Malawi carried out by the contributors, as well as existing literature, Protecting the World's Children: Immunisation policies and practices discusses that there is little or no scope allowed for the effects of variance in the way health systemswork, the difficulties and tensions faced by health workers, or differences in the way people think about childhood illnesses that reflect cultural differences within global immunisation policy. The book argues that the need to show progress can create distortions and lead to the production of misleading data and an unwillingness to report problems. It proposes that vaccines could more effectively serve children's health needs if immunisation programmes are better understood andacknowledged, and if local knowledge and realities were enabled to inform national and international health policy. Written by global experts in immunisation policy, Protecting the World's Children is an integrative study of immunisation policy and practice at a global, national and community level, and is an essential resource for researchers and practitioners in international and public health, as well asprofessionals in international and development studies.

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Vaccination programmes now represent a major part of the effort devoted to improving the health of children in developing countries. These donor-funded programmes tend to be global in scope and focus on worldwide goals and targets such as "polio eradication", and the Millennium DevelopmentGoals. Health policy makers at the national lev...

Sidsel Roalkvam is a social anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. She is Academic Director of "Livelihoods in Developing Countries", an interdisciplinary research programme at the University of Oslo. Her research interests span from global health to kinship, commun...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pagesPublished:July 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199666447

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1. Stuart Blume, Jagrati Jani and Sidsel Roalkvam: Saving childrens' lives: perspectives on immunisation2. Stuart Blume, Sidsel Roalkvam and Desmond McNeill: Getting the tools to where they're needed3. Desmond McNeill, Steinar Andresen and Kristin Sandberg: The global politics of health: actors and initiatives4. Kristin Sandberg and Judith Justice: National commitments and global objectives5. Sidsel Roalkvam and Jagrati Jani: Rights and obligations in national health governance6. Arima Mishra, Rune Flikke, Cecilie Nordfeldt and Lot Nyirenda: "Immunisation is good for your children": local immunisation practices in India7. Stuart Blume, Sidsel Roalkvam and Desmond McNeill: Have means become ends? Getting children's health back in focus.References