In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), EMPHNET implemented a training of trainers (ToT) workshop for mid-level managers of the expanded program on immunization (EPI) in Egypt. Held July 23-28 in Alexandria, the workshop was designed to enhance the managers’ knowledge and skills in EPI in order to better train staff members deployed in the country’s provinces.
Experts from the WHO Regional Office (WHO EMRO), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the WHO country office in Egypt, EMPHNET, and the EPI at the Ministry of Health in Egypt delivered the sessions over five days. They also updated the participants on the roles and responsibilities of EPI management teams and supervisors, the monitoring and evaluation of EPI performance, data quality assessment, and other EPI-related topics.
Sessions also focused on ways to achieve effective vaccine management through vaccine forecasting; vaccine storage, distribution and transport; and the maintenance of vaccine safety and security. Discussions were specific to the EPI context in Egypt and the high prevalence of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) such as measles and rubella.
Workshops such as these help EMPHNET achieve its goal to improve EPI performance in Egypt and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). As the region witnesses growing unrest, such efforts are needed to sustain effective immunization services in efforts to prevent VPDs like polio, measles, and rubella.
To read about the WHO expanded program on immunization (EPI), you can access online WHO resources here.