SOMIPEV (Société Marocaine d'Infectiologie Pédiatrique et de Vaccinologie) is a non-profit association of paediatrics chaired by Prof Mohammed Bouskraoui, head of the paediatric department at CHU Mohammed VI, Marrakech. This association congregates all Moroccan expertise in the field of paediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology. Its objectives are to improve and share knowledge of paediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology, to strengthen health education for the prevention of infectious diseases in Morocco, to strengthen education and training in medicine and pharmacy, to create an international scientific platform in this field and to translate research into better prevention of paediatric infectious diseases in Morocco and to guide and assess the impact of national vaccination strategies of the Ministry of Health.
On Friday 13 September 2013, NESI organised a brainstorming seminar in collaboration with SOMIPEV, the Ministry of Health and ONDE (l'Observatoire National des Droits de l'Enfant) in Casablanca, Morocco. This in view of the on-going discussions regarding the development of training material to strengthen the national immunisation programme in Morocco. The current status of training in both pre- and in-service health training institutions was discussed and a timing and planning for future actions were made. Representatives of the 5 Medical Faculties, the Military Hospital and Pasteur Institute, as well as an independent paediatrician, participated in the seminar.
At the end of this seminar NESI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SOMIPEV. This MoU establishes a partnership between SOMIPEV and NESI in order to join efforts in strengthening the knowledge and skills of academics, EPI managers and staff and other health professionals in all activities related to immunisation in Morocco through education and training.
Both partners prepared a joint work plan (2013-2014) in which a promising roll out is planned of the training of EPI managers, nurses and personnel of the mobile units across all regions in Morocco in 2014.
On 13 and 14 November 2013, SOMIPEV and NESI organised in Marrakech, Morocco, a consensus seminar on the development of training materials to strengthen immunisation services in the National Immunisation Programme in Morocco.
The seminar was attended by participants from different regions of Morocco including: 16 teachers of the 5 Faculties of Medicine (Casablanca, Fès, Marrakech, Oujda and Rabat); teachers of Nursing Schools of 22 different regions of Morocco; 4 members of the Ministry of Health; as well as 3 members of NESI.
The purpose of this seminar was to bring together key drivers of vaccination in Morocco to update them on global vaccination policies and strategies, including GIVS and GVAP, to inform them about the current status of training in Morocco in both pre- and in-service health training institutions and to obtain a consensus on the content of the training manual to be developed.
The overall goal was to improve and standardize the teaching of vaccination in the existing training programme and the development of a training manual to strengthen immunisation services. The specific objectives of this seminar were to review the technical content of vaccination courses – both at the Faculties of Medicine and the Nursing schools – and to ensure the relevance of training objectives, the use of active teaching methods and techniques, a balance between theoretical and practical sessions, availability of training materials and proper evaluation.
During the first part of this 2-day seminar, the participants shared their views and experiences and expressed the need for education and training in immunisation, at both pre- and in-service level.
The second part of the seminar was dedicated to workshops on planning of vaccination, monitoring of progress indicators, monitoring of immunisation activities, management of the cold chain and vaccines, good management of an immunisation session, surveillance of preventable disease, communication with stakeholders and beneficiaries and encouraging immunisation activities in the community. These workshops led to high quality oral presentations constituting a working basis for the development of training materials.