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The training strategy follows current adult education techniques. The video lasts 18 minutes, followed by individual reading of the most important questions and answers (20 minutes), a test to evaluate the knowledge acquired (20 minutes), and the reading of the test’s answers to each question by a facilitator.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (MOH) has adopted a low-cost training strategy regarding the administration of the lyophilized rotavirus vaccine. Its decision stems from the knowledge that programmatic errors during administration of this vaccine have occurred in other countries, and that the syringe presentation of this oral vaccine can lead to errors among health care workers, especially in isolated areas. The MOH was also aware that training repeated from higher to lower levels results in decreasing quality. As a result, the MOH has developed a strategy allowing for the dissemination of information of equal quality to all levels, ensuring that all health care workers learn the about the immunological basis of the vaccine, its route of administration, and the precautions to take. Health workers also learn how to register doses, educate the mother or caregiver, and are familiarized with surveillance. The MOH delivers the training by way of a workshop with a video followed by questions and answers, a test, and a practical exercise.

The training strategy follows current adult education techniques. The video lasts 18 minutes, followed by individual reading of the most important questions and answers (20 minutes), a test to evaluate the knowledge acquired (20 minutes), and the reading of the test’s answers to each question by a facilitator. Also included is an exercise on vaccine preparation using material donated by the vaccine provider. The training strategy provides five opportunities to review basic concepts. The video can be distributed to health units to be presented to their staff.

If using material from this video, please include this acknowledgement: “We thank all Ecuadorian health workers and community organizations that enthusiastically participated in the filming of this video”.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2009 11:26

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