Jordan Ministry of Health and GHD/EMPHNET Train National and Sub-National Expanded Program Immunization Staff on Micro Planning

The Jordan Ministry of Health (MoH), with support from GHD/EMPHNET, conducted training workshops for staff working within the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). This training targeted EPI staff working at primary healthcare centers (PHCs) in high-risk districts within the central, northern, and southern parts of Jordan. Through these sessions, 264 EPI staff members were trained on how to create micro plans for routine immunization activities conducted within their respective health facilities.

The purpose of these workshops was to help address the significantly unequal immunization coverage rates seen throughout Jordan’s governorates. These inequalities are attributed to the socioeconomic status of locals and the influx of Syrian refugees into the country. Improved microplanning for routine immunization (RI) is seen as an effective means to close this gap and to ensure vaccination of every child according to the national immunization schedule.

Taking place between October 11 and November 29, 2017, a total of 11 training workshops were held. Four of these workshops were conducted in the southern governorates, while three were held in the northern governorates, and four in the central governorates of Jordan.

During these workshops, participants were trained on how to prepare micro plans for PHCs which they can later use at their respective health facilities. Therefore, workshop sessions focused on planning in order to reach high risk areas and populations; developing immunization session and work plans; the monitoring of EPI data, preparation of monitoring charts and the identification of access and utilization problems. The workshops also highlighted issues pertaining to defaulter tracing, working with the community, minimizing missed opportunities for vaccination.

The facilitators of these training sessions were participants in a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop conducted by the MoH and GHD/EMPHNET last September. The ToT workshop was designed to strengthen the capacity of EPI staff and to provide them with the skills they need to work as a team responsible for training primary healthcare staff on the disciplines of microplanning.

The facilitators reviewed the micro plans created by the participants of the workshops, and they gave them feedback for editing and updating their work. They also supervised the participants while preparing their micro plans in the field.