The Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) organized the third in a series of trainings for new civil society organization (CSO) members from August 8 – 9, 2017 at the Rockview Royale Hotel, Wuse II, Abuja. Twenty (20) new CSOs from various states in the country – Anambra, Benue, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos and Niger States – became the latest beneficiaries of the training on immunization advocacy.
National Convener of WAVA, Dr Chizoba Wonodi, began proceedings with a welcome remark and enumerated the objectives and expected outcomes of the training. She expressed delight at the growing number of members to the coalition and stated that WAVA was nationally recognized in the area of advocacy for immunization. She therefore encouraged participants to fully partake in the training and begin engaging in activities for immunization advocacy, in order to gain increased relevance in the health sector.
- Improve the knowledge of advocates on routine immunization in Nigeria and inspire them to champion the cause of equitable access to vaccines
- Educate advocates on the immunization funding gaps as well as the budget tracking processes.
- Equip advocates with the skills and organizational capacity to conduct effective advocacy towards the improvement of child health with a focus on immunization
- Support advocates develop an advocacy plan towards sustainable immunization financing in Nigeria
- Gain Good basic knowledge of routine immunization activities in Nigeria
- Demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of Nigeria’s immunization funding gaps as well as the budget tracking processes at the national and state levels
- Develop and implement advocacy activities to promote provision of sufficient funds for vaccines and immunization services in the national and state budgets
- Commit to including immunization advocacy activities in their organization’s work plan