The Inter-country Anglophone Mid-Level Management course was held in Pretoria, South Africa, between 10 and 21 October 2016. The course was organised by WHO/AFRO, with support from the South African Department of Health, UNICEF and NESI.
The MLM course was attended by 34 participants from 15 Anglophone African countries. Participants included EPI managers from national, provincial and district level, as well as EPI focal points from WHO and UNICEF. The course was facilitated by experts from WHO, UNICEF, JSI/MCSP and NESI.
Training methods included: short introductory presentations; discussions in group and in plenary; case studies; practical exercises; role play; and summary presentations. Training modules used were the recently revised WHO/AFRO MLM modules: Problem solving approach; Role of EPI managers; Communication; EPI planning; Increasing immunisation coverage; Costing and financing immunisation; Cold chain management; Vaccine management; Immunisation safety; New and under-utilised vaccine introduction; Organising effective and quality national immunisation days and supplementary immunisation activities; Vaccine-preventable disease surveillance; Monitoring for action; Supportive supervision; EPI services assessment and EPI survey.
At the end of the course all participants were trained on the key topics of the MLM course, a common understanding was achieved on EPI systems and the role of EPI managers, EPI managers skills were strengthened, and experiences were shared among participants and facilitators.
NESI co-facilitated the modules on Problem Solving Approach and on Immunisation Safety. In addition, NESI co-facilitated the daily group work.