Training in immunization monitoring in Tajikistan


On 13 May 2011 the WHO Country office in Tajikistan, in cooperation with UNICEF, conducted a special training session on end process monitoring for representatives from organizations such as USAID, Mercy Corps, Handicap International, Save the Children and the International Red Crescent Society, including the WHO, participating at the monitoring of the campaign.

The training session covered

  • conducting effective independent monitoring during supplementary immunization activities in the country;
  • an introduction to independent monitoring forms for supplementary immunization activities and hands on practice;
  • an introduction to clusters and compliance sheets; and
  • working group discussions and practical exercises.

The training was a starting point for introducing management principles and practices to conduct effective and coordinated independent end process monitoring. The objectives of the training were to:

  • increase oral polio vaccine coverage among children less than five years of age during the second round of polio National Immunization Days, to be held 23-27 May 2011 across Tajikistan;
  • identify reasons why children were not vaccinated during the first round campaign in May;
  • understand the level of awareness prior to the oral polio vaccine coverage;
  • assess the impact of communication and social mobilization activities; and
  • obtain campaign coverage data for providing response to the stakeholders.  

The training was chaired by Dr Hussain Mostafa (consultant for UNICEF Polio) and Ms Nukra Sinavbarova (Technical Officer, Communicable Diseases, WHO Country office in Tajikistan).