Landscape Assessment on the Adaptation of Community Models and Approaches for Improving COVID-19 Immunization across Sub-Saharan Africa

In by Cate Urban

Landscape Assessment




Early lessons from COVID-19 vaccination experience demonstrate that using diverse delivery strategies such as mass vaccination in combination with community engagement resulted in a 15 percent increase in uptake in SSA (WHO Africa 2022a). We postulate that using trusted community models and structures is critical to promote demand for, confidence in, and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in SSA.

The objectives of this landscape analysis were to:

  1. identify elements of community approaches that can be adapted to improve COVID-19 immunization in Africa;
  2. analyze barriers and facilitators of these models/approaches within the definition of “community engagement and partnerships;” and
  3. provide key considerations for application in SSA country contexts.