Per Kallestrup

Household costs of seeking BCG vaccination in rural Guinea-Bissau

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  • Sanne M Thysen, University of Southern Denmark, Bandim Health Project, Statens Serum Institut
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  • Stine Byberg, Research Centre for Vitamins and Vaccines (CVIVA), Bandim Health Project, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark; Bandim Health Project, Indepth Network, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
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  • Justiniano S D Martins, Bandim Health Project, Indepth Network, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau; National Public Health Laboratory, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
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  • Per Kallestrup
  • Ulla K Griffiths, UNICEF, Health Section, Programme Division, New York, United States.
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  • Ane B Fisker, Bandim Health Project, University of Southern Denmark

In Guinea-Bissau, a vial of BCG vaccine is often not opened unless 10 infants are present for vaccination, with the aim of reducing vaccine wastage. This causes delays in vaccination, as previously demonstrated in Guinea-Bissau and other low-income countries. Reducing wastage of BCG vaccine to save money may deprive infants of important health benefits and transfer costs from the vaccination programme to mothers. Using the Bandim Health Project's rural Health and Demographic Surveillance System, we interviewed mothers of infants aged 1-11 months about household costs of seeking BCG vaccination. On average mothers took their infant for BCG vaccination 1.26 times before obtaining the vaccine. For mothers who had sought BCG vaccine for their infants the average cost was 1.89 USD for each BCG-vaccinated infant. Among BCG-unvaccinated infants at the time of interview, 42% had brought their infant for BCG vaccination in vain at an average cost of 2.83 USD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5505-5508
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

    Research areas

  • BCG vaccination, Household cost, Vaccination cost

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