Kenya is the first African country to introduce the new pneumococcal vaccine, PCV10, into their national immunisation programme. The recommended schedule to administer the vaccine is at 6, 10 and 14 weeks, at the same time as the pentavalent vaccine (DTP-HepB/Hib). This pneumococcal vaccine is presented in a liquid form in a two-dose vial without preservative. This implies that an opened vial must be discarded at the end of each immunisation session or after 6 hours from first opening, whichever comes first. An opened vial of PCV10 cannot be stored in the refrigerator for use in subsequent immunisation sessions. This is not in line with the WHO policy on the use of opened multi-dose vials of vaccine in subsequent immunisation sessions. Therefore, specific training on the use and storage of this new two-dose pneumococcal vaccine was felt needed.
As part of the training materials for the introduction of this new pneumococcal vaccine, a training DVD was developed intended for health care workers. A training DVD will ensure that the same training messages are received by all, minimizing the risk of the messages being diluted. The DVD will be a tool to deliver and reinforce standard training messages related to new vaccines’ delivery. It will provide a medium to deliver standard training to a large number of people. The target audience for this DVD are the vaccinators, i.e. health care workers giving the vaccines, as well as the immunisation staff at district and national level (i.e. supervisors of the health care workers). The DVD will also be used in pre-service training for nurses.