Education & Training: In-service training 2019


Supporting HPV vaccine introduction in the Asian Region

Bandung, Indonesia 18 November, 2019 to 20 November, 2019

NESI in collaboration with Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) and the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IPS) organised a workshop on “Supporting HPV vaccine Introduction in the Asian Region” from 18 to 20 November 2019 in Bandung, Indonesia. The workshop received support from the Ministry of Health Indonesia.

The workshop explored the current status of HPV vaccine introduction in the SEARO and WPRO Region, gaps in information about HPV diseases burden, optimal communication and delivery strategies for the introduction of HPV vaccine and the role of NITAGs in decision making process for the introduction of new vaccines. The workshop comprised of interactive presentations, round table discussions, country presentations, including sharing of experiences and best practices.

The key target groups included representatives of: Expanded Programme on Immunisation, National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs), Adolescent Health Programme, Non-communicable  Disease Programme, School Health Programme, National and International immunisation partners and other stakeholders.

The objectives of the workshop included:

  • To discuss the burden of HPV related diseases, especially cervical cancer, in the SEARO and WPRO Region.
  • To discuss the available HPV vaccines and their use in national immunisation programme.
  • To discuss potential adolescent health interventions to be delivered alongside HPV vaccination.
  • To discuss optimal communication strategies for the introduction of HPV vaccination.
  • To exchange lessons learnt and best practices regarding HPV vaccine introduction among participating countries.
  • To strengthen national teams of experts in the participating countries to make evidence-based recommendations and decisions to support and advocate for the introduction of HPV vaccination.
  • To strengthen the international community to further stimulate discussion and research on cervical cancer, HPV vaccination and adolescent health.

The workshop was attended by 84 delegates, including participants, facilitators and observers. Nominated delegates were from the Ministry of Health and NITAG members from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao DPR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Other participants came from Academia, Research Institutes/Centers, National and International Organisations and industry. Facilitators were from: UNPAD, IPS, Indonesian Society of Gynaecologic Oncology (INASGO), MoH Indonesia, NITAG Indonesia, WHO/Indonesia, WHO/WPRO, NESI/University of Antwerp, IARC/WHO, WHO/India, MoH Oman, NITAG Australia and University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Presentations highlighted key aspects on burden of cancer caused by HPV, cervical cancer screening, update on HPV vaccine and cost effectiveness, delivery strategy for HPV vaccination, role of advocacy communication and social mobilization for building public trust in HPV vaccination and monitoring as well as evaluation of HPV vaccination programme. In addition, the role of NITAGs in decision making process for HPV vaccine introduction was also emphasized. Experiences of HPV vaccine introduction from the regions were shared by the delegates from Australia, Malaysia, Bhutan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Moreover, participants from all the participating countries shared the status of HPV vaccination program in the respective countries along with potential challenges and opportunities for the national introduction of the HPV vaccine.

The round table discussion explored on how to overcome hurdles for HPV vaccine introduction and cervical cancer screening, focusing on socio-economic and cultural challenges. The countries who had already introduced the HPV vaccination programme successfully in the region shared their experiences and lesson learnt which was followed by interactive plenary discussion.

All the presentations and background documents were shared with the participants through password protected link. The workshop as well as the topics covered were highly appreciated by all the delegates.  The participants requested for an annual meeting to update them about the recent recommendations and support the decision making about HPV vaccine introduction.

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Renforcement des capacités de l'introduction du vaccin contre la varicelle dans les programmes nationaux de vaccination

Marrakech, Morocco 29 March, 2019

The workshop "Renforcement des capacités de l'introduction du vaccin contre la varicelle dans les programmes nationaux de vaccination", was organised on 29 March 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco, by the University Cadi Ayyad, SOMIPEV, and NESI/University of Antwerp. 

The workshop explored the current status of varicella vaccine introduction in participating countries, gaps in information about varicella disease burden, and the role of NITAGs in new vaccine introduction.

The objectives of the workshop included:

  • To increase knowledge on vaccine-preventable diseases, focusing on varicella
  • Raise the awareness about varicella disease burden in certain risk groups
  • To create awareness regarding varicella vaccination in the participating countries in order to reduce morbidity and mortality
  • To support the national team of experts to make evidence-based recommendations on varicella vaccine introduction

The workshop consisted of interactive presentations and a round table discussion, including sharing of experiences and best practices.

The key target group included representatives of: Expanded Programme on Immunisation; National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs); immunisation partners; and other relevant stakeholders.

The workshop was attended by 44 participants. NITAG members and MoH representatives of the following countries participated in the workshop: Algeria, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Tunisia and Senegal. Facilitators of the workshop were from Cadi Ayyad University, SOMIPEV and NESI/University of Antwerp.

The workshop discussed the epidemiology and burden of varicella disease in the Region. An update of the varicella vaccines was presented, as well as the experience of varicella vaccination in the European Region. 

The round table discussion addressed the following issues: decision-making process; need for operational research and support from partners. 


MLM Courses

Mid-Level Managers training

Freetown, Sierra Leone 26 February, 2019 to 1 March, 2019

A second pilot of the newly reformatted Mid-Level Managers training was conducted in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 26 February to 1 March 2019.

The MLM training focused on 4 modules selected based on the national programme priorities.

The aim of the workshop was:

  • To be able to train trainers from various levels in Sierra Leone
  • To be able to pilot the updated training tools, and identify issues in the training materials and methods that need to be addressed before finalising the course materials

Development of Training Materials

Review of MLM modules

1 January, 2019 to 31 December, 2019

Standardised training modules, focusing on immunisation service management, for Mid-Level Managers have been developed first in 2004 by WHO/AFRO in collaboration with partners. These modules have facilitated the learning process during various inter-country and national Mid-Level Management (MLM) courses. In addition, MLM modules have been used during EPI lectures at pre-service health training institutions.

Currently, WHO/AFRO in collaboration with key immunisation partners, like UNICEF, MCSP/USAID and NESI/University of Antwerp are revising the EPI MLM training modules to incorporate the latest EPI information and to be in line with new global and regional strategies. In addition, the training will be reformatted to have a mix of classroom and self-paced online trainings, with prioritisation among modules to focus on in classroom on areas where training needs assessments indicate more needs. With the inclusion of online training, the classroom sessions will not go beyond 3-4 days as compared to the traditional 11 days.

Module 1: Role of the EPI manager, is currently being translated in French. The first Francophone pilot training is anticipated to take place in Madagascar around August/September 2019.

Last updated: 16 December, 2019