Challenges of Routine Immunization during Pandemic
The overwhelming context of COVID-19 puts immense pressure on frontline workers to update and renew their skills constantly to ensure an appropriate and timely pandemic response. COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in reluctance among vaccinators to maintain their routine activities. This consequence may negatively impact the immunization program, thus lowering vaccination coverage.
During the pandemic, the training of vaccinators in real-time is crucial so that they maintain immunization activities and communicate on the protective measures put in place. On-the-go training or instant access to curated learning resources can ease the obstacle of training during the pandemic.
GaneshAID’s Innovation: m-Ed COVID
In response to this issue, GaneshAID has come up with an innovation to address the need for rapid learning on new measures of routine immunization during any pandemic.
“The application aims at building a well-prepared immunization workforce, where the worker is competent, motivated, resilient, and empowered.“
The COVID-19 m-learning course provides health workers with micro-learning capsules that target the most critical information to be updated such as national guides and regulations to deal with the COVID-19 situation in the routine immunization session.
Additionally, the mobile application provides a social learning network for the healthcare communities to directly learn from each other and share information to inform their agile responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution includes a Facebook-like page and WhatsApp chat application that promotes knowledge exchange, where questions can be asked and answered, and promising approaches can be discussed.
Constant updating of crucial information and knowledge sharing with other colleagues helps the healthcare worker to confidently maintain the immunization routine in pandemic situations.