The workshop to review the findings of the field testing of the EPI/IMCI interactive training tool was organised by WHO/AFRO in Congo-Brazzaville, from 13 to 15 April 2015.
During 2013/2014, an interactive resource on immunisation and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) was developed by WHO/AFRO, in collaboration with NESI and ITEM interactive. This interactive resource is mainly targeting healthcare workers at the peripheral level, but can also be used for training at nursing schools. The EPI/IMCI interactive resource is a comprehensive training package including: video chapters with narrations in three languages; questions and answers section before and after each chapter to reinforce key messages; references; glossary; transcript of video chapters; and certificate after completion of the programme. The interactive resource is supplemented by a pocket guide.
After completion of the draft EPI/IMCI interactive training tool, it was piloted during 2014 in three countries: Congo-Brazzaville, Sao Tomé and Zambia. Following in-depth review of the draft EPI/IMCI interactive resource by partners and field testing in the three countries, a workshop was organised in April 2015 to compile all feedback and develop the final version of the training tool.
The workshop addressed the key observations and issues arising from piloting the training tool in the three countries. Also the key findings from evaluating the performance of healthcare workers after training with the EPI/IMCI tool was discussed. Taking all feedback from the piloting phase into consideration, each chapter was reviewed in detail and recommendations for improvement were made if necessary.
The workshop concluded with a discussion on next steps including the timeline to finalise the training tool, and how to disseminate the tool.