Effect of Individual, Household and Village Characteristics on Child Immunization in Rural Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Degnet Abebaw

Despite its key role to avert childhood morbidity and death, immunization coverage in Ethiopia still remains low. Using data collected from three regions of Ethiopia this paper reports the effect of child, household and village characteristics on differential immunization uptake among children aged 12-60 months residing in rural areas. Estimation results of a generalized ordered logit model show that increased immunization coverage is associated with the presence of a health extension worker in the village, proximity to district capital, housing quality, and proximity to primary school. Region of residence also has a significant influence on immunization coverage. The age of the child is significantly related to immunization but we have not found any statistically significant gender gap in immunization coverage in our sample. The result also shows that the likelihood of immunization is significantly lower in ethnically diverse than homogeneous villages. The paper suggests to the Ethiopian government to strengthen its program on accelerated expansion of primary health care service and to take additional measures to overcome demand side barriers to immunization

Corporate Author:Getnet Alemun & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher:Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors:Child health

Secondary Descriptor:Generalized ordered logit

Geographic Descriptors:Ethiopia
Cataloge Date:02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Immunization
Call Number:330.963 PRO 2010
Serial Key Title:Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory:International Conference
Content type:EEA Publication
Publication date:2013-05-27 23:10:00
Forum or Discussion date:2013-02-27 15:09:19
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material:Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Degnet Abebaw

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