Tackling barriers to collective action for effective vaccination campaigns: rabies in rural Africa as an example

Putthi Cheat Lim, Tiziana Lembo, Katie Hampson, Joel Changalucha, Maganga Sambo, Sayantan Ghosal
2022 Humanities and Social Sciences Communications  
AbstractVaccine-based protection in populations that are vulnerable to infectious diseases represents a public good, whose successful attainment requires collective action. We investigated participation in mass domestic dog vaccination against dog-mediated human rabies endemic in Tanzania as a prototypical example of these issues. We employed advertising interventions, text messaging and/or engagement through community leaders, as well as operational adjustments to increase the saliency of
more » ... s risks and reduce barriers to participation in vaccination campaigns. Neither advertising strategies were effective on their own, however, when taken together, the two advertising strategies substantially improved vaccination coverage. Operational interventions, such as increasing vaccination stations and extending time windows of delivery, greatly enhanced participation. Our experimental and theoretical findings highlight the importance of both salience and context: sparking successful collective action requires decision-making bodies to understand and respond to the challenges encountered by intended beneficiaries in their local contexts.
doi:10.1057/s41599-022-01374-3 fatcat:6zmgivfnnbhclllpp4mowk7y3u