| “Let’s Talk About Protection“ - National Network of Health Mediators in partnership with European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) |
05.03.2014 ZdravenMediator.net - Ivanka Abadzhieva
The project “Let’s Talk About
Protection” aims to facilitate communication between healthcare providers (GPs, physicians,
mediators) and parents onvaccine-preventable diseases. In 2012-2013 in Bulgaria,
Romania, Czech Republic and Hungary were transtlated and culturally-adapted
Childhood Vaccination Communication Action Guide and Handbook/Flipbook. They
provide extensive information about vaccine-preventable diseases, benefits of
immunization, answers for frequently asked questions by parents about
vaccination and other useful information.
Guide was developed by National Network of Health Mediators team jointly with
National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases. The Guide and the
Flipbook in Bulgarian could be downloaded from here.
was identified as a country suitable for evaluation survey
on the effectiveness of the materials among Health care providers and Health mediators. Three settlements
were selected - Samokov, Blagoevgrad and Kovachevo village (Septemvri
Municipality). Five Health mediators are working for three months (February-April 2014) with the Guide and
the Flipbook. General Practitioners, representatives from Regional Health
Inspectorates and nurses also received these materials. All of them were
trained how to use it.
January 2014, before distributing the materials and starting work with it, the Health mediators implemented a survey among the households in four target villages and prof. Maya Grekova (Sociologist from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”) conducted
interviews with HCPs in these chosen settlements. Main topics of the two surveyswere the immunization status of children, the attitudes concerning immunization and the availability of sufficient information
about vaccination. In May 2014 prof. Grekova will ask again the HCPs to share their impressions from working with the materials.
3th of March 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden, ECDC headquarters hosted a work meeting between the
countries involved in the project. All countries presented their work -possibilities were discussed for extending
the project activities in order to obtain support from health autorities in
each country in order to provide the health informationmaterials to each GP and HCP concerned with immunization process.
Bulgarian team developed two additional materials - colorful badges for
children and Bulgarian Vaccine Schedule for parents. The
badges say “I am Protected” - children
receive a badge after succesful imunization. The Vaccine
Shedule is a stiker that parents could stick on a convenient place at home to remind
them when they should take their children to the doctor for immunization. HM is
giving badge and schedule after or before successful
immunization to the most vulnerable families.
Translation in English: Ivanka
Immunization Schedule BG ECDC.jpg