Tajikistan enhances immunization safety in preparation for nationwide campaign

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

Policy-makers, primary health care clinicians and other experts from across Tajikistan gathered on 4–6 April to focus on issues related to immunization safety. The seminar organized by the WHO Country Office in cooperation with the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis and the Ministry of Health provided training and a platform for discussion on broad issues of immunization safety, health care wastage management (HCWM) and adverse effects following immunization (AEFI).

The training seminar was conducted by Ms Mikheeva Irina, WHO Consultant for the purpose of ensuring safety during the upcoming mass immunization campaign against diphtheria and tetanus, to be held 23–28 April 2012.

Training components included usage of vaccines during the campaign; requirements for storage, transportation and handling; monitoring of the "cold-chain"; management, usage and control of the equipment; and AEFI. Group work discussions and parallel sessions also provided participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and share their knowledge, skills and experience.

The seminar targeted a group of 42 policy-makers, epidemiologists and primary health care clinicians from national, regional and district levels, as well as representatives from medical educational institutions. The curriculum was based on the results of the 2009 injection safety assessment conducted in Tajikistan, the WHO best practices for injections and related procedures toolkit, as well as on the HCWM training course developed by WHO/Europe.