Residents of the Mozambique Field Epidemiology Program (FETP) recently participated in a polio blocking vaccination campaign in the central and northern provinces of the country. A team comprising of seven residents travelled to the provinces of Niassa, Cabo-Delgado, Nampula, Zambézia, Tete, Sofala and Manica to support the 24 to 27 March campaign.
The residents participated as provincial coordinators of independent monitoring during the campaign and also conducted an evaluation Lot Quality Assessment Survey (LQAS) after the campaign from 30 -31 March 2022.
As provincial coordinators, the residents played an important role of training independent monitors and evaluators at district level, supervising activities of the monitors in the field, attending daily campaign meetings and identifying places with unvaccinated children. At the end of which, a final evaluation of the campaign was conducted.
According to the program’s Resident Advisor Rossetto Erika, the campaign was a great opportunity for residents to learn and develop skills that are conferred on a field epidemiologist.
“They were exposed to adverse situations, they had to take management and leadership positions, logistics preparation, team training for the field and much more,” she said.
The campaign took place after the cyclone Guambe hit the country in some of these provinces, making the residents feel its effects as the rains continued to fall, flooding and destroying houses and infrastructures.
To wrap this activity, the FETP team received a training of trainers (TOT) on monitoring and evaluation, from 14 - 16 March 2022 in Maputo, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).