Evidence from available studies suggests that peer mentoring is a useful tool to build health workers knowledge skills and practices. However there is a dearth of research on use of this method of learning in immunization programs. Although WhatsApp has been used as a networking platform among health care professionals there is limited research on its potential contribution to improving the immunization competencies of health workers.
d to document the processes and outcomes ofrnusing these training tools for immunization capacity building of MCH nurses
We used HCD methodology to understand how existing capacity among MCH nurses and available communication resources could be used to build peer-to-peer immunization competencies. rnIn February 2018 baseline data collection was conducted to assess current immunization knowledge skills and practices of the 20 selected MCH nurses mentees at the 20 selected health facilities in each subcounty total 40 in both subcounties. Data collection was done by 2 research coordinators consultants using an electronic data collection tool Survey CTO consisting of a one-on-one interview with the MCH nurse and an observation portion where the research team assessed the nurses immunization skills and practices during a facility immunization session. The research coordinators were oriented on the survey tool by the principal investigator. The baseline assessment included: health facility type and ownership demographic information human resources immunization strategy and plan cold chain management availability of vaccines availability of vaccination logistics and availability of financial resource supervision and immunization program monitoring.
Mentors and mentees actively participated in the WhatsApp groups and posted knowledge questions opinions and experiences in their respective groups. Mentees reported that constant support tracking progress and positive feedback from mentors were instrumental in building their knowledge and skills.Mentees noted that on-site peer mentoring did notrndisrupt their routine activities.
This study showed that peer mentoring and WhatsApp networking are useful blended learning methods for need-based and individualized capacity building of health workers providing immunization services