Region: South Asia
Value: USD 1,767,713
Start Date: 2020-01-01
End Date: 2020-06-30
Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) is a rapid survey method that assesses evidence of campaign quality following supplementary immunization activities (SIA) in pre-defined areas (known as ''lots"), using a small sample size. LQAS survey identifies lots with insufficient evidence of high vaccination coverage based on the results of a sample of 60 children located in 6 randomly selected clusters (settlements, villages, zones, areas, etc). To be considered as vaccinated, a child will have to show the vaccination mark on the little finger of his/her left hand or anywhere else on the body (earlobes, righthand, forehead, and toe). Only children aged 0 to 59 months will be sampled.
LQAS third-party surveyors will be hired and trained by an independent firm and continue to follow agreed-upon protocols of maintaining their independence.
The global polio eradication initiative is going through a critical juncture and progress over the next year largely depends upon conducting high-quality campaigns that will reach every child with multiple doses of OPV. The quality of campaigns can be accessed by the use of a statistically rigorous sampling methodology that will ensure results are reliable and representative.
APEX Consulting Pakistan (APEX) has conducted LQAS in 700 and 600 lots in phase 9 and 10 respectively. The main activities for this assignment were to collect, compile data, polio vaccination, refusals of household, reasons of refusals, mark on a finger, visit of teams, the existence of floppy paralyzes, etc. APEX conducted pieces of training at 35 venues/locations across Pakistan in NID/SNID.