- Reasons for non-adherence to vaccination at mother and child care clinics (MCCs) in Lambaréné, Gabon
- Volume | Issue number
- 27 | 39
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- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
The aim of this paper is to explore attitudes of mothers towards childhood vaccinations and reasons for non-attendance and non-adherence to mother-child clinics (MCCs). Forty in-depth interviews with mothers of children under 5 years of age revealed positive attitudes towards vaccination that seem at odds with the region's observed low vaccination coverage. Important reasons for MCC non-attendance included distance to the MCC, transport costs, negative experiences at MCCs (such as interactions with unfriendly staff) and mothers’ feeling of shame provoked by different, often poverty-associated reasons such as attending the clinic with a dirty or poorly clothed child.
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