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Community engagement for vaccination in humanitarian settings: A view from the field

Join this webinar for ​World Immunisation Week, organised by the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and Vaccine Centre

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The challenge of immunisation in humanitarian contexts is complex, ranging from security and logistical concerns to health system capacity, access, and vaccine confidence issues. Broadly understood as an effort to bring people affected by crisis into the planning and delivery of humanitarian work, community engagement is increasingly seen as a core component of health interventions and as particularly important for ensuring effective vaccine uptake in complex emergencies. 

However, the vaccine demand landscape has lacked investments in consistent, systematic, and sustained approaches to engage communities. There is an urgent need to accelerate investments into vaccine uptake through the systematic design, testing, and iteration of evidence-based community engagement interventions at the local level to enhance routine immunization. 

This webinar will bring together experts with a wealth of experience in working on and delivering community engagement for vaccination across different contexts. We will explore what works in community engagement and the specific challenges to engaging communities in routine and emergency vaccination campaigns in humanitarian settings. In addition, our panelists will be asked to reflect on the current state of community engagement in the sector, including what is needed to further strengthen the evidence base, accelerate the investment and coordination to ensure that the voices and knowledge of people living in crisis are effectively integrated into the design and implementation of vaccination strategies.  

This event is co-organised by the LSHTM Vaccine Centre & Health in Humanitarian Crisis Centre, the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. 


  • Idaraobong Ekanem, ​IFRC / Nigeria Red Cross 
  • Sofi Lazlo, MSF
  • Nada Abdelmagid, LSHTM
  • Mohamed Kahow, ​Save the Children Somalia

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