PIVI’s Work with Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan joined PIVI in 2017. Kyrgyzstan is scheduled to receive vaccine for up to 105,000 people 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.