GHD/EMPHNET Supports Morocco Ministry of Health in Strengthening Surveillance of AFP and Other Vaccine Preventable Diseases
With support from GHD/EMPHNET, the Moroccan Ministry of Health (MoH) is working to improve surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and other vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) throughout the country. Within this goal, the MoH and GHD/EMPHNET are training AFP and VPD focal points at the provincial and district levels across all regions of Morocco.
More specifically, a cascade of training workshops has been conducted for provincial and district level health staff on AFP and VPDs surveillance. The most recent of these workshops were held from November 20 to 24, 2017 throughout six regions in Morocco namely: Casablanca, Dakhla, Laayoune, Oriental, Rabat, and Tangier.
A total of 162 AFP and measles surveillance officers, clinicians, and hospital surveillance focal points were trained on key areas of AFP and VPDs surveillance. Workshop sessions covered issues pertaining to case definitions and classification; active and passive surveillance; digital surveillance; methods of sensitization of clinical physicians in hospitals; monitoring of surveillance indicators; and complete and timely of reporting. They also focused on blood and stool collection, handling and transportation; supportive supervision; and linking activities with the community.
Sessions were facilitated by participants in the Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop which was conducted by GHD/EMPHNET and the MOH in Morocco last July. These Master Trainers from the ToT Workshop also facilitated three training workshops which were hosted simultaneously late September in three regions, namely: Fes-Meknes, Souss-Massa, and Marrakech.
This training increases the number of health professionals trained at national and sub-national levels. Through improving the technical knowledge and skills of these staff members, there would be an improvement in work performance in active surveillance and a contribution to sensitization at private and public hospitals.