Health workers (HWs) play a key role in generating demand and increasing immunisation coverage as the perceptions, knowledge, and experience of health workers strongly affects the uptake of vaccination among populations. At the same time, multiple factors influence the performance of HWs in improving immunisation performance. Below are seven key resources that country stakeholders can use to address these critical challenges as they aim to strengthen health workers’ capacities to improve the delivery of immunisation services and reach zero-dose children.
Linked Workshop: Strengthening Human Resource Capacity and Performance Management
Human resources play a key role in achieving health system goals, so it is pertinent that health workers have the knowledge, skills, motivation, and an enabling environment, to effectively deliver health and immunisation services. This Linked workshop, Strengthening Human Resource Capacity and Performance Management, brought together country immunisation stakeholders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan, as well as global experts, to exchange workable strategies, approaches, good practices, and lessons to foster a continuous learning environment and ensure the uptake of new knowledge from countries’ formal training and capacity building efforts.
Linked Virtual Learning Exchange: Strengthening Health Worker Performance
Linked held a virtual learning engagement with countries from the European and Central Asia regions to explore the topic of strengthening health worker performance. Through presentations and country experiences, the learning engagement focused specifically on the use of financial and non-financial incentives to strengthen health worker performance to increase immunisation coverage, including among zero-dose and under-immunised children.
Can Financial and Non-financial Incentives Strengthen Immunisation Programme Performance?
This blog outlines key takeaways from the Linked virtual learning exchange with middle-income countries from the European Region to discuss the use of financial and non-financial incentives to increase immunisation coverage. Key takeaways include what we learned from the global evidence on incentives along with country experiences from Armenia and Georgia.
Linked Practitioner Perspective – The Sri Lankan Experience of Effective Management and Supportive Supervision of EPI Delivery
During our study tour in which Indonesia and Vietnam visited Sri Lanka to explore the role of effective management and supportive supervision in the delivery of Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) services, Dr. Thejaka Siriwardena, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, sat down with immunisation experts, Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Viet Nam, and Junghans Sitorus, Ministry of Health, Indonesia, to learn about the rich lessons and strategies that emerged from the study tour.
Linked Practitioner Perspective: Lessons from Armenia on Strengthening Health Worker Capacity to Improve Immunisation Services
During our in-person learning engagement that brought together countries from the Europe-Central Asia region to discuss Strengthening Health Worker (HW) Capacity and Performance Management, Linked Network Facilitators sat down with Karine Gabrielyan, Head of Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Armenia, about fostering a learning culture within the immunisation programme and beyond, learnings from peer countries, and what they will take forward in their country.
Linked Practitioner Perspective: Lessons from Moldova on Strengthening Health Worker Capacity to Improve Immunisation Services
During our in-person learning engagement that brought together countries from the Europe-Central Asia region to discuss Strengthening Health Worker (HW) Capacity and Performance Management, Linked Network Facilitators sat down with Oxana Constantinova, Doctor Epidemiologist, Center for Public Health, Moldova, about fostering a learning culture within the immunisation programme and beyond, learnings from peer countries, and what they will take forward in their country.
Linked Podcast: Overcoming Immunisation Workforce Challenges Due to COVID-19
Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic decreased the availability of health care workers. These health care worker shortages have been a critical challenge faced by many countries, as they disrupted the delivery of routine immunisation services largely due to reassignment and reduction in bandwidth. This podcast episode features a conversation with three global immunisation experts to discuss strategies and good practices that countries around the world employed to overcome or mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic response on routine immunisation services.