Acknowledging the problem and implementing service delivery modalities customized for women are short-term actions governments can take to improve access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Placing more women in leadership positions is critical in the longer term.
ByMauro Cuna, Antonio Sambo, Kate Brownlow & Ahmed Razzak
On10 May 2021
Since 2003, approximately a third of Mozambican children aged 12-23 months have not been fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. To help reduce the rate of under immunized children, Acasus has been working to improve leadership, management and coordination within the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) in the country.
Today my guest is someone who has joined the Acasus team in Chad in the beginning of 2020 as a Senior Consultant and now leading the team in Chad as a Project Manager. I am pleased to welcome Florian Guiod who is going to share his and his team’s story with us today!
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