Over 6,000 health professionals have been trained in various aspects of vaccine administration and management
USAID has been helping the government with the roll out of Pfizer vaccines across the country by providing training on the proper handling and administration of the doses.
The USAID MaMoni MNCSP Emergency Response to Covid-19 Pandemic project recently completed training for national level master trainers, and health professionals, including immunization providers and non-clinical and administration staff across 11 districts and 10 city corporations, according to a press release.
The USAID-supported training will help Bangladesh efficiently administer Pfizer vaccines in the 11 target districts of Bhola, Jhalokathi, Chandpur, Lakshmipur, Noakhali, Narsingdi, Tangail, Jessore, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Habiganj.
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The vaccine will also be administered in the 10 city corporations of Dhaka (DNCC & DSCC), Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet.
Health workers learned how to manage the ultra-cold chain requirements needed to properly store, transport and administer the Pfizer vaccines, and were trained in monitoring vaccine stocks, data entry and reporting skills, and monitoring adverse events following immunization.
USAID also partnered with the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to develop key national vaccination guidelines and training manuals. They have trained over 6,000 service providers and health professionals to strengthen the Covid-19 vaccination program in the country.
The US government was one of the first donors to mobilize funds to support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 readiness and response efforts, contributing over $96 million in Covid-related development and humanitarian assistance from USAID, the US Department of Defence, the US Department of State, and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project: Emergency Response to Covid-19 Pandemic is implemented by Save the Children in Bangladesh.