Socioeconomic and residence‐based related inequality in childhood vaccination in Sub‐Saharan Africa : Evidence from Benin

Eugene BUDU, Bright O. AHINKORAH, Wilfried GUETS, Edward K. AMEYAW, Mainprice A. ESSUMAN, Sanni YAYA*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background and Aims
Childhood vaccination remains a cost-effective strategy that has expedited the control and elimination of numerous diseases. Although coverage of new vaccines in low- and middle-income countries increased exponentially in the last two decades, progress on expanding routine vaccination services to reach all children remains low, and coverage levels in many countries remains inadequate. This study aimed to examine the pattern of wealth and residence-based related inequality in vaccination coverage through an equity lens.

Methods
We used data from the 2017−2018 Benin Demographic and Health Survey. Statistical and econometrics modeling were used to investigate factors associated with childhood vaccination. The Wagstaff decomposition analysis was used to disentangle the concentration index.

Results
A total of 1993 children were included, with 17% in the wealthiest quintile and 63% were living in rural areas. Findings showed that wealth is positively and significantly associated with vaccination coverage, particularly, for middle-wealth households. A secondary or higher education level of women and partners increased the odds of vaccination compared to no education (p 
Conclusion
Inequality in child vaccination varies according to socioeconomic and sociodemographic characteristics and is of interest to health policy. To mitigate inequalities in child vaccination coverage, policymakers should strengthen the availability and accessibility of vaccination and implement educational programs dedicated to vulnerable groups in rural areas.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1198
JournalHealth Science Reports
Volume6
Issue number4
Early online date20 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the MEASURE DHS project for their support and for free access to the original data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors. Health Science Reports published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.

Keywords

  • child
  • inequalities
  • mother
  • vaccination
  • wealth
  • inequality

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