Effect of Mobile Phone Short Message on Immunization Uptake
Oldimeji Oladepo of the University of Ibadan in Nigeria will use mobile phone messaging reminders to encourage parents in Nigeria to complete the full series of routine vaccinations for their children at the recommended times. They will conduct a 10-month study of 1800 mothers with infants aged up to two months at selected health clinics and collect mobile phone numbers also from their families and friends. They will develop a database to store this information and an SMS platform to deliver vaccination reminders, and let them know where they can be obtained and why they are important. They will also evaluate the mothers' views on immunizations, any barriers they experience, and their suggestions for improvements.