Immunization and “Slight Limp” in Senegal: Anthropological Analysis of AEFI Management

Publication Date
December 2016

Authors
Fatoumata Hane, Elise Guillermet

Journal Reference
10.3917/autr.074.0101

Abstract

Vaccine safety, and notably for children immunization, is a priority of the international stakeholders to ensure population compliance to the diseases eradication project. Despite the grants put in the Expanded Program on Immunization, the national reporting systems are often evaluated as inefficient. In this article we aim to describe how “adverse events following immunization” (such as post-intramuscular injection paralysis) are made “invisible” in the Senegalese rural area. The informal organization of health workers and the communitarian control of complaints against vaccinators are identified as main factors.

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