School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Mass immunisation campaign to eliminate measles in Indonesia

Anita Heywood & Jerico Pardosi

In August 2018, the region of Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia will take part in a measles-rubella (MR) mass immunisation campaign as part of Indonesia’s commitment to measles and rubella elimination by 2020 within the SEARO WHO region. The MR campaign is challenging, in that it will be the public mass immunisation campaign for the region requiring trained immunisation providers. Previous mass immunisation campaigns in the region have only been to deliver oral polio vaccine, which can be administered by volunteers.

UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine alumni Yuana Hadjo (MPH/MIPH 2016), now at Kupang Municipality Health Office, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, is informing the roll-out of this strategy and future immunisation program delivery practices in Kupang. Yuana was the recipient of a 2017 Alumni Award “Developing integrated immunisation and surveillance program evaluation tools in Nusa Tenggara Timur” and includes the objectives of developing integrated evaluation tools for the measles immunization and surveillance programs; conduct refresher training for Immunization Officers and Measles Surveillance Officers in the lead up to the MR mass immunisation campaign; and use a collaborative approach to problem identification through round table discussions and in-depth interviews.

Dr Anita Heywood and Dr Jerico Pardosi from SPHCM attended the round table discussion in Kupang in June 2018 along with a range of stakeholders including Directors of Health Office, and Deans of regional medical and health schools. Strategies tabled on the day including ways to develop surge capacity for future mass immunisation campaigns, strengthen vaccine cold chain and better monitor breaches, and to improve coverage through raising the profile of immunisation at local community health centre (Puskesmas) and independent evaluations of data collection and reporting. This is the first stakeholder meeting in the municipality that has reviewed current practices in vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and immunisation program delivery.

The Alumni Awards are open to alumni of the DFAT Australia Award recipients. This project aims to continue collaboration between SPHCM and our alumni, Yuana through knowledge exchange and in Semester 2 2018, one of the School's current students will undertake a 6-week internship with Kupang Municipality Health Office aiding the roll-out of the MR immunisation campaign in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.

Photo: Dr Anita Heywood and Dr Jerico Pardosi from SPHCM at the round table discussion in Kupang in June 2018

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Dr Jerico Pardosi