Stepping Up Systems to Reach Every Child in Urban Slums
Health systems lag behind rapid urbanization and have not provided needed essential infrastructure and systems to provide basic social and healthcare services. Urban poor are most vulnerable as they reside in overcrowded settlements and face problems often not recognized by official bodies. Due to lack of disaggregated data, the equity gap in immunization coverage among the urban poor is often masked by high overall urban coverage. Limited use of tools at local levels to identify barriers and outdated implementation models are pointers for targeted intervention amongst the urban poor. This session provides a brief overview of immunization in urban areas, methods for identifying the urban areas”in-equity”, approaches for diagnosing the underlying issues and lessons learned from interventions in five countries.