In the heart of Kaduna South, the Kakuri community became a focal point for DEAN Initiative’s mission to enhance vaccine equity and health sector accountability. On the 7th of October, 2023, our team engaged in a vibrant Focus Group Discussion (FDG) at CGA beside Asibitin Yara, bringing together over 50 eager participants. The atmosphere was charged with curiosity and concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations.
Amidst insightful discussions, the Officer in Charge of the Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) emphasized the importance of utilizing the community PHC, urging residents to embrace local healthcare resources. Participants openly shared their vaccination journeys, recounting diverse experiences, from side effects to renewed energy post-vaccination. The state coordinator, adeptly debunking myths, inspired confidence in those hesitant to take the vaccine.
The impact surpassed the numbers, with over 50 individuals expressing newfound willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. DEAN Initiative’s distribution of educational materials, including infographics, bags, notebooks, t-shirts, and calendars, left a lasting imprint, fostering a sense of community resilience and shared responsibility.