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Mother and Child Institute Foundation suggests how doctors can talk to Ukrainian mothers about mandatory immunizations

MedExpress Team


Published Jan. 17, 2024 13:00

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- The Foundation of the Mother and Child Institute (FIMiD), responding to the health challenges of caring for refugee families from Ukraine, in conjunction with UNICEF, is conducting an educational campaign called "Say YES to vaccinations." The initiative focuses on promoting immunization among Ukrainian children between the ages of 1 and 5 who are currently in Poland. One of the campaign's activities has been to conduct qualitative research aimed at, among other things: exploring the attitudes and experiences of Polish doctors and nurses in dealing with Ukrainian refugees, identifying needs and areas of support for medical personnel on vaccination-related issues, and examining the main factors motivating vaccination.


The qualitative study conducted gathered relevant information on several key areas. First, it focused on the experiences and attitudes of Polish doctors and nurses who have daily contact with Ukrainian patients, particularly mothers of children aged 1-5. Secondly, it explored the different approaches and attitudes of Ukrainian mothers toward vaccinating their children, while identifying important motivating factors and barriers related to the vaccination issue from the perspective of medical personnel. The study also aimed to capture Polish doctors' and nurses' perceptions of the problem of Ukrainian children's immunization rates, as well as to explore the staff's expectations of the support and assistance needed to effectively manage the immunization process among children from refugee families.


Polish doctors and nurses often look at Ukrainian patients as a group requiring a special approach. The language barrier, although smaller than before - due to education and more staff with Ukrainian, Russian or Belarusian language skills - is still a problem. Senior doctors and nurses, who speak basic Russian, are helping to improve communication. Despite these positive changes, it still takes more time to serve and take care of Ukrainian patients.

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