PIVI’s Work with Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan joined PIVI in 2017, receiving vaccine for 105,000 people that same year. Kyrgyzstan completed a sustainability plan this summer, and has a commitment with PIVI of 70,000 doses in 2018-19. In the coming year, they will be conducing a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) study among healthcare workers, pregnant women, and chronic disease patients. They will be adapting the PIVI KAP protocol and questionnaires, and working with Kyrgyz epidemiologists, trained through Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), to conduct the KAP.
In 2017, the Ministry of Health in Kyrgyzstan worked with PIVI to plan a comprehensive train-the-trainer training for epidemiologists and immunologists/vaccinators (three staff per district), with support from the WHO country office and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO). Two two-day trainings took place, one each in the North and South of the country. They provided an overview of the influenza virus and how the vaccine protects against it. The training also included instructions for administering the multi-dose influenza vaccine, best practices for reporting any adverse events following vaccination, and vaccine storage and waste management. This was the first time they had a training specific to influenza and influenza vaccination. 110 healthcare workers were trained and received certificates, valid for two years, upon completion.