Improving the availability and use of vaccination records in Kyrgyzstan
Home-based vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by children and thereby contribute to the control of vaccine-preventable diseases. Starting on 4 February 2019, every newborn in Kyrgyzstan will receive a home-based vaccination certificate. The certificate was developed by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan and is considered to be an official document.
The need to introduce home-based records became obvious in the country due to the lack of information about vaccination status of children of internal migrants. A coverage survey among children of internal migrants in Bishkek and Osh cities conducted by WHO in 2018 revealed that for a significant number of children there is no health-facility-based record of vaccinations. Also, vaccination status is not known for 18% of children who contracted measles in 2018.
Home-based records on vaccination will help ensure that children have a record of all vaccinations they receive throughout life.
Long-term benefit for families
With WHO support, over 163 000 home-based vaccination certificates have been disseminated, well above the number of babies expected to be born in the country in 2019. Also, health workers and vaccination nurses in the maternity clinics and family medicine centres received training on how to correctly fill in the certificates and how to explain the purpose of the certificates to parents. Successful introduction of home-based records in the country will further strengthen the national immunization programme and improve the quality of information on immunization status of children. The aim is also to help parents understand the importance of vaccination and the risks of infections that vaccines protect against.
Support for the training of trainers across the country and home-based vaccination certificates is part of a WHO health systems strengthening project in the country.