Immunization remains one of the most cost effective public health intervention ever known to mankind with up to 16 – 44 times return on investment. This is because vaccines save lives, prevents diseases, saves cost and time lost on one with vaccine-preventable disease. Globally, the World Health Organization and other immunization stakeholders commemorates World Vaccination Week and African Vaccination Week (AVW) in the last week of April every year. The week provides an opportunity for countries to strengthen immunization services and systems through advocacy, awareness creation, education, communication, and other activities. The theme of the 2017 AVW, holding from 24th to 29th April, 2017, is “Vaccines protect everyone, get vaccinated”. However, Nigeria has adopted a theme for this year’s commemoration which is “Youth Advocacy for Immunization”.
To key into the national agenda for this 2017 AVW in Nigeria, The Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) – supported by Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC) – in partnership with Save the Children Nigeria and other members of the 2017 African Vaccination week (AVW), will host a Creative Arts and Writing Competition for Secondary Students on the value of vaccines and immunization financing in Nigeria. This is one of the national activities lined up by the government of Nigeria, with support from partners, to mark the 2017 AVW in Nigeria.
This event will be the second edition of such competition for schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), supported by IVAC, as a similar arts competition for school students in the FCT was successfully conducted during the commemoration of the 2015 World Pneumonia Day. The first edition featured secondary school students within the FCT, covering both private and public secondary schools. Students were motivated to express themselves on issues concerning pneumonia and the vaccination program that prevents the disease through drawings alone. However, this Creative Arts and Writing Competition for Secondary Students on the value of vaccines and immunization financing in Nigeria will include creative writing and poetry to allow the students to express themselves through drawing, painting, writing, and poetry based on their individual thoughts, ideas, and understanding.
- To sensitize Secondary school students on the value of vaccines and immunization financing in Nigeria
- To influence young people to adopt advocacy for immunization and its financing in Nigeria
- To enhance creativity and ingenuity among secondary school students in FCT on immunization advocacy
- To develop creative content that can be used by advocates for vaccines and immunization advocacy
- To widely disseminate developed content through a social media challenge
- Increased awareness among participating students on value of vaccines and immunization financing in Nigeria.
- More young people signal interest to engage in creative content development and advocacy for immunization
- Creative contents and artworks ready for use in immunization advocacy
- Creative content widely disseminated through social media channels