As a polio-free country, Morocco maintains very high coverage for polio immunization. However, the country’s surveillance of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) remains below standard performance indicators, and this leaves Morocco at the risk of importing the wild poliovirus especially in light of the movement of migrants from neighboring states.
To resolve this issue, and as part of a collaborative project between the Moroccan Ministry of Health (MoH) and GHD/EMPHNET, a cascade of training workshops was conducted to build the capacities of national and sub-national health professionals working in the field of AFP/ vaccine preventable diseases’ (VPDs) surveillance.
The first activity within this cascade was a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop which took place earlier in July. The workshop focused on building the capacity of national and provincial health staff as Master Trainers who have the skills they need to move on and train both provincial and district health staff in the areas of AFP and VPDs surveillance.
In continuation of this initiative, GHD/EMPHNET supported the MoH to train 111 surveillance officers from the provincial level through three training workshops. The Master Trainers from the above-mentioned TOT Workshop took part in facilitating these training workshops hosted simultaneously in three regions, namely: Fes-Meknes, Souss-Massa, and Marrakech.
Conducted between September 19 and 20, the three workshops covered various areas of AFP and VPD surveillance. These areas included polio, measles, and rubella case definition and investigation; active surveillance and zero reporting; AFP surveillance indicators, data analysis and monitoring; and specimen collection and lab transportation.
This collaborative effort will ultimately contribute to improving overall national immunization outcomes. The workshops will serve to enhance the technical knowledge and skills of national and subnational AFP surveillance officers from various regions across the country.