Immunization Advocates’ podcast, Community Conversations on Vaccines, explores issues related to vaccines and immunization in low- and middle-income countries through interviews with on-the-ground professionals in those communities, including health workers and journalists. The hosts for the podcast are Vince Blaser, Director of Immunization Advocates, and Francesca Montalto, Associate of Vaccine Acceptance and Demand.
Preview the descriptions for Episodes 1-3 below.
Episode 1: Dr. Naveen Thacker
In this episode, Vince and Francesca are joined by Dr. Naveen Thacker, the executive director of the International Pediatric Association. Vince and Francesca talk to Dr. Thacker about the challenges of rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and his experiences delivering routine childhood immunizations and working on India’s polio eradication program.
Episode 2: Dr. Marina Shikhashvili
In this episode, Vince and Francesca are joined by Dr. Marina Shikhashvili, a primary healthcare expert in Tbilisi, Georgia, with over 30 years of experience. Vince and Francesca talk to Dr. Shikhashvili about the impact COVID-19 has had on the health workforce in Georgia, the challenges of treating patients remotely in a pandemic, and her call for global support to bolster health workers’ communication and community engagement skillsets on vaccines and immunization.
Episode 3: Nazima Raghubir
In this episode, Vince and Francesca explore those very challenges with Nazima Raghubir, a Guyanese journalist and president of the Guyana Press Association. Vince and Francesca talk to Nazima about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her and the stories she tells, the importance of working with health workers and public health officials to communicate effectively, and the importance of equitable media coverage and dissemination of information for indigenous persons and migrants.