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World Refugee Day 2022 Q & A

World Refugee Day 2022 Q & A with Silas Ayako

World Refugee Day Q & A with Silas Ayako

Silas Ayako, Project Clinical Officer, Protection of Refugees and Asylum Seekers at Kenya Red Cross joins us for a World Refugee Day Q & A. Silas presented his research about COVID-19 vaccination uptake among refugees in Turkana County, Kenya, during VARN2022.

How do you combat misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and promote accurate messages to refugees?

“We decided to always involve the leaders when engaging the community– we start with them. We call the religious leaders,  local leaders or whatever leaders are in the community and we educate them first and we do inception meetings on what we are about to start implementing. From there they start spreading the message to the community.”

Every person has the right to seek safety – whoever
they are, wherever they come from, and whenever
they are forced to flee

World Refugee Day


Meredith Dockery

Meredith Dockery is an Associate with the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine Acceptance & Demand Initiative. Prior to joining Sabin, Meredith completed a six-month internship with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). At PAHO, Meredith split time between the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team and the Public Affairs Team. Meredith received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Public Policy and Business Journalism with a minor in Spanish for the professions. Meredith was a member of the UNC Health and Human Rights Working Group through which she conducted research examining human rights frameworks and global health governance at the intersection of international law, public policy and global health as well as contributed to the UNC COVID-19 Health & Human Rights Monitor. Meredith also contributed to Type 1 Diabetes research studying the impact of specific goal setting on glycemic control during her time at UNC by coding goal setting sessions.
Meredith Dockery

Nick Boehman

Nick Boehman is an Associate with Sabin’s Vaccine Acceptance & Demand Initiative. Nick provides programmatic support and assists with research needs across the VAD team. He earned his BA in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Sabin, Nick worked as a Program Associate with a CGFNS International, a global health NGO, in a role that was highly research and reporting focused. Prior to that, he interned with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Austria, where he gained experience in relationship building with external programmatic stakeholders, and researched, designed, and implemented ICAN’s first, major social media campaign to raise awareness of ICAN’s mission. Having also obtained a minor in film, Nick is creative by nature, and seeks to use that creativity in his everyday work to advance Sabin’s mission.
Nick Boehman
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