Community Theatre for Immunization
Chijioke Kaduru of Corona Management Systems in Nigeria will use a human-centered approach to develop a community theater production that showcases real stories to educate caregivers on the value of vaccinations and increase childhood vaccine coverage. Almost half of caregivers in Nigeria lack awareness of the value of vaccines, which has increased the incidence of childhood diseases. To address this, they will stimulate social change by showcasing aspects of immunization - identifying concerns and discussing potential solutions - in a community theater production based at the income and education level of caregivers. They will work with stakeholders including immunization teams, community health workers, women's groups, and religious leaders to develop the production. The cast will be made up of community members with real experiences, and performances will be held in public places, traditional meeting spaces, schools, and places of religious worship, and be recorded for future airing. By better engaging caregivers with their human-centered approach, they expect to generate a greater demand for immunization services.