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Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 312065, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/312065
Research Article

Immunisation with BCG in the Maringue District, Sofala Province, Mozambique

1Epidemiology Unit, Department of Preventive Medicine, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda—Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Via San Barnaba 8, 20122 Milan, Italy
2Sofala Province Health Directorate, Beira, Mozambique
3AISPO, Beira, Mozambique

Received 16 February 2013; Revised 8 April 2013; Accepted 11 April 2013

Academic Editor: Brian Eley

Copyright © 2013 Dario Consonni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objectives. We evaluated immunisation with Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) among newborns in 2011 in the Maringue District, Sofala Province, Mozambique, which includes seven health units. The study was motivated by the fact that in official reports, immunisation coverage was unreliable (more than 100%). Methods. The office of maternal-child health of the central Maringué-Sede health unit provided the number of live newborns in 2011 at the maternal clinics of the seven health units and an estimate of the number of home deliveries. From vaccination registers, we abstracted records of BCG vaccinations administered in the period 01/01/2011–30/06/2012 to children born in 2011. Results. The number of live newborns was 3,353. Overall, the number of BCG vaccinations administered was 2,893, with a coverage of 86.3%. Conclusion. In this study, we could only calculate an approximate coverage estimate, because of unavailability of adequate individual information. Recording practices should be changed in order to allow use of individual information and linkage across different information sources and thus a more precise vaccination coverage assessment.