Microplanning to guide implementation of preventive chemotherapy to control and eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

Effective administration of preventive chemotherapy relies largely on operational planning which addresses the need for programmes to reach all eligible people and maximize community demand for the intervention. Local, bottom-up planning (“microplanning”) fosters effective implementation and monitoring of public health programmes. Originally, public health implementers developed microplanning for use in vaccination campaigns, but various programmes, including those for control and elimination of NTDs, now use it. This course aim to help the NTD programme in the training of supervisors and all individuals who are responsible for oversight of preventive chemotherapy against NTD in planning at the lowest level.

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Self-paced
Language: English
NTD

Course information

Overview: Microplanning is an approach that originates at the local level. It is a cyclical process that is used to define the activities, resources, timing, and location of implementation and monitoring of preventive chemotherapy administration. The aim of this course is to train supervisors at the lowest level and all individuals who are responsible for oversight of preventive chemotherapy against NTD on how to conduct microplanning, the process, the steps and the tools used.

Course duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement is available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • Explain what is microplanning
  • Prepare an operational map
  • Estimate target populations
  • Define approaches to reach target populations
  • Plan the activities
  • Calculate resources and define logistics
  • Monitor coverage and take actions

Who this course is for

  • Individuals who are responsible for oversight of preventive chemotherapy against NTD in planning at the lowest level.
  • Individuals who plans to facilitate in-person microplanning workshop.
  • Supervisors.

Course contents

  • Facilitator Introduction :

    By the end of this module, you will: review the role of facilitators in training participants on how to conduct microplanning, with the overall goal of preventive chemotherapy implementation to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs); evaluate the tools provided to implement in-person microplanning training; demonstrate understanding of the key components of the training.
  • Introducing Microplanning :

    By the end of this module, you will: recognise the importance of microplanning; comprehend the role of the supervisory area (SA) and Implementation unit (IU) in microplanning; prepare a map for the IU and ensure that all areas are covered, and analise existing data to identify challenges, priority areas, and populations.
  • Module 1: Prepare SA Operational Map and Validate by IU:

    By the end of this module, you should: list the steps and tools to use when making an operational map at the supervisory area (SA) level; validate SA maps and ensure that all areas are covered at the implementation unit (IU) level.
  • Module 2: Estimate target populations:

    By the end of this module, you will: collect and compile demographic information about the target population in the supervisory area (SA); identify hard-to-reach areas; identify possible operational challenges and related solutions; compile, summarise, and validate demographic data about the target population.
  • Module 3: Define approaches to reach target population :

    By the end of this module, you will: select drug distribution channels; ensure that priority groups are reached; and validate approaches to reach priority groups treatment.
  • Module 4: Plan the activities :

    By the end of this module, you will: select drug distribution channels; ensure that priority groups are reached; and validate approaches to reach priority groups treatment.
  • Module 5: Calculate resource and define logistics :

    By the end of this module, you will: describe the process for identifying human, material, and financial resources for (PC); estimate the cost of resources; demonstrate how IU allocates resources based on microplanning; and account for medication, expiration dates, and reverse logistics.
  • Module 6: Monitor coverage and take action :

    By the end of this module, you will: monitor PC administration; identify what to do before PC administration; demonstrate what to do during PC administration; and adapt SA indicators.
  • Resource:

    Additional reading and reference items are included here.
  • Survey :

    We thank you in advance for completing this survey. Your responses will allow us to better understand your learning experience and how we can enhance it in the future. Please note that the survey answers will be stored and analyzed without being attached to any information that identifies you as the respondent. We appreciate your participation and look forward to receiving your feedback. Yours sincerely, The OpenWHO and WHO NTD teams
  • Final Assessment :

    A certificate of achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% on this final assessment.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.