Information on the Ministry of Public Health and Population's immunization programs.
Guidelines for Safe Immunization Practices
This is the first edition. It is a compendium of revised EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization) documentation; recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Ministry of Public Health and Population; current guidelines for immunization data analysis and utilization; and materials for monitoring and evaluating the immunization system and provider performance. The guidelines will be piloted in Amran Governorate in 2005; recommendations based on pilot experience will be incorporated into revised guidelines for use nationwide. The manual is designed primarily for health personnel who are responsible for the implementation of the immunization program at the facility and district levels. The section on evaluation of the work at facilities can guide both the facilities in doing self-evaluations and district immunization managers in monitoring and supervising facility-level work. The worksheets contained in this manual for monitoring immunization work are illustrative. A full set of worksheets has been published separately in an immunization workbook for districts.
- Guidelines for Safe Immunization Practices and Monitoring Immunization Programs at the Facility and District Levels in Yemen (English, Arabic, pdf, 700KB)
- Workbook for District EPI Managers: Monitoring of Immunization Activities and Use of Vaccines in Yemen (English, Arabic, pdf, 700KB)
Vaccination Campaign in Al Jawf for Children under One Year
In August 2004, the Health Office in Al Jawf Governorate organized, in coordination with the National Vaccination Program, and with support of the USAID funded ADRA Basic Health and Education Program, a vaccination campaign in two of its Districts, Az Zahir and Khab wa Ashaf. Forty-eight specially trained teams, including 14 midwives and female health workers, consisting of a vaccinator and a volunteer from the community, traveled to all villages in the districts and visited door to door to reach all children under 1 year of age. This was the first time such a campaign was successfully implemented in Al Jawf: a total of 2,882 children were vaccinated for polio, DPT and measles. The vaccination teams had to deal with all sorts of obstacles to get as many children as possible vaccinated: rough terrain and long distances, wild dogs, heavy rains, and sometimes suspicious people. Their knowledge, understanding and involvement of the local people, especially the members of the locally elected Health Facility Committees, made it possible for them to successfully negotiate, and work within, the strong tribal customs of the areas. People in villages were surprised but happy to see the vaccination teams visit their houses. In one case, a team accidentally ran into a family who were just looking for a car to take their child to town to be vaccinated. The child could be vaccinated immediately, and the family was very happy not to have to spend their money on renting a car.
This vaccination campaign is a good example of how the cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and Population, Governorate and District Health Offices, communities, donors and development organizations can lead to successfully providing much needed basic health services to Yemeni people, no matter where they live. Two more follow on campaigns are being planned in Al Jawf for the near future, so all children receive the full set of vaccines.