In May 2019, members of the VaxPop team visited Nigeria to present results to the National Bureau of Statistics, the National Measles Technical Coordination Committee, and the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Coverage during the campaign, coverage among zero-dose children during the campaign, and coverage with at least one dose of measles vaccine were generally high and spatially homogeneous; few pockets of low coverage exist). Lower coverage areas during the campaign were concentrated mostly in the northeast, northwest, and southwest of Nigeria. The results indicate a high probability of attaining the 95% coverage target of at least one dose of the vaccine in the south and north-central areas, and a low probability in the northeast and northwest of the country. However, nearly the entire country is far from reaching the target of at least two doses.
The trend analysis from 2013 – 2017 indicated that much of the northeast and northwest were consistent areas of low coverage before the latest campaign. Comparing data from 2016 with coverage before the latest campaign showed that measles immunisation coverage had fallen in more than 80% of the LGAs across the country.
The results indicate that all poor coverage areas should be prioritised during the next campaign as well as through routine immunisation activities. The results also point to the need to improve routine immunisation services across the country, particularly in the northern regions.