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Developed jointly by UNICEF and WHO, the Immunization eLearning Initiative provides all immunization staff with access to training in areas deemed vital to the advancement of the Global Vaccine Action Plan and its vision that everyone live a life free from vaccine preventable disease.

This learning programme on “Communication for Immunization” provides all immunization staff with a better understanding of:

  • how communication impacts immunization programs and outcomes
  • how effective communication activities are planned, executed, supervised and monitored

Through the construction of a variety of Community-Informed Communication Plans, you will acquire the skills and know-how to lead successful communication campaigns for immunization.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • List the ways that communication activities impact immunization program goals, globally, regionally, and at all levels within a country
  • List the ways that Communication for Development (C4D) and the Social Ecological Model (SEM) can influence positive behavioural changes in immunization
  • Identify the purpose, components and steps involved in developing a Community-Informed C4D Plan
  • Use data to identify behavioural and social barriers to achieving immunization program objectives within a specific population, and articulate the communication interventions and goals required to overcome those barriers


This elearning course is for all national and international World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF professionals involved in immunization programs. It is also open to consultants and partners working in support of immunization.

It is recommended that immunization staff include the Immunization eLearning Initiative courses as part of their professional development plan. Discuss with your supervisor to include this training curriculum as part of your 2016 goals.


It should take ± 3 hours to complete this course. Each module should take 20-45 minutes to complete and must be completed in the order presented.


This learning programme takes the learner through the step-by-step development of Community-Informed Communication Plans and related activities. The learner is submerged in experiential lessons consisting of quests where he or she will meet different characters and address specific problems regarding immunization coverage and planning. 


This course is organized into 5 modules or "Quests":

Quest 1: Research & Analysis

Travel to the country of Panacea and visit the district of Iaso where you will help apply strategic communication for immunization using Communication for Development (C4D) analytical and planning tools.

Quest 2: Objectives & Strategies

Return to the district of Iaso, where you will continue the Community-Informed C4D Plan you started in Quest 1 by identifying SMART objectives and appropriate communication strategies and activities.

Quest 3: Research, Analysis, Objectives & Strategic Design

Visit the district of Aceso and apply the skills you acquired in the previous quests. Specifically, you will analyze the existing communication strategies and if required, propose some improvements.

Quest 4: Channels, Messages & Pretesting

Travel to the district of Aglæa where you will partake in channel analysis as to select the best way to communicate your immunization core messages while crafting communication campaign messages and pre-testing the material.

Quest 5: Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation

Following up on the Community-Informed C4D Plan developed in the district of Aceso, prepare an implementation plan as well as a monitoring and evaluation plan. 


The course certificate can be generated once the learner completes all the modules.

Contact details

For questions or feedback on this programme, please contact Benjamin Hickler, Communication for Development Specialist at