Integration of Immunization Services with Other Health Interventions in the Developing World: What Works and Why? Systematic Literature Review

Literature review using journal databases and grey literature. Papers meeting the inclusion criteria were rated for the quality of methodology and relevant information was systematically abstracted.  Integrated services were vitamin A supplementation, bednet distribution, deworming tablet distribution, Intermittent Preventive Therapy for infants and referrals for family planning services. Two key characteristics of success were compatibility between interventions and presence of a strong immunization service prior to integration. Overburdened staff, unequal resource allocation and logistical difficulties were mentioned as risks of integration, whereas rapid uptake of the linked intervention and less competition for resources were listed as two key benefits of integration.

Length: 
9
Year: 
2009
Organization: 
Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Languages: 
English
Author(s): 
Wallace, A. et al.