Gibson, Dustin

Public Health

PhD

Kenya

Predictors of Immunization Coverage and Analysis of Pilot Study data

A pilot study was conducted to assess feasibility of using a mobile phone based system to send text messages and provide conditional cash transfers to improve vaccination timeliness. A grant is being submitted to fund a village-randomized control trial based off of successful pilot study. My research will answer several questions that are needed to conduct the RCT Immunizations are one of the most effective health interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality. In developing countries, DTP3 coverage is used as a surrogate to measure strength of immunization system. However, a high DTP3 coverage does not necessarily imply that children are being vaccinated in a timely fashion and in accordance with WHO schedules. Timeliness is important for two reasons; first, Hib and pertussis disease are often seen in early life and secondly, there are increased safety risks with delayed rotavirus immunization. Late vaccination reduces the maximum benefit vaccines afford.

People

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases
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