What immunisation data matters most in the Pacific?


Data on immunisation programs are collected for good reasons. Collecting data on many indicators is often time-consuming. Some data are difficult to collect and report, while some may not be useful for decision-making.

Focusing on the most important indicators will reduce the burden of data collection, make it easier to organise results, and better inform immunisation program planning and decision-making.

We are asking people involved in collecting immunisation data and people who plan and make decisions about immunisation programs in the Pacific to help us.

We need experts in the Pacific to help us understand what is the most useful immunisation data in the Pacific. With expert input, we will develop a customised set of indicators to measure immunisation in the Pacific.


Participate in this important research

We want to hear from people working in Pacific Island Countries and Territories who are:

  • Immunisation program managers
  • Government decision makers
  • Health information managers
  • WHO or UNICEF staff supporting immunisation programs
  • Immunisation experts and advisors working in the Pacific


What the study involves

You will be asked to participate in two online meetings to:

  1. Rate indicators in an online survey
  2. Discuss what data is most important and why

We will not be asking you to provide any immunisation coverage or other data from your country.

Participation in this research is voluntary. The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2022/368).


Study team

Cyra Patel is a PhD Candidate leading this research. Cyra’s work is examining how the systems implemented for COVID-19 vaccination can strengthen immunisation systems.

Associate Professor Meru Sheel is a global health researcher and an infectious diseases epidemiologist with expertise in public health emergencies and immunisation. Meru has conduct operational research in health emergencies in the context of infectious diseases and global health security, and supported the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in 18 South-East Asia and Pacific Countries.

Dr Ginny Sargent is the Implementation Lead of the PHXchange (Population Health Exchange) at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health (NCEPH), leading a body of work embedding capabilities for engagement and research translation to achieve greater research impact.

Dr Akeem Ali has spent the last 25 years working as a public health doctor, manager and in various leadership roles in civil service, public sector and international organisations. His previous and current job roles involve managing large-scale public health programmes, strategic partnerships, and developing policies, leading response to public health emergencies and disease outbreaks with multidisciplinary teams.