Zika Training of Trainers Workshop

Published: 31 May 2016 1:43 CET

The first sub regional training of trainers workshop in the areas of psychosocial support, epidemic control and vector control with an emphasis in Zika, took place from May 21 to 27 in the Entrepinos hotel in El Salvador.

28 persons from the National Societies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama, all experts in each of the above mentioned areas, participated in this workshop developed by the Institutional Disaster Preparedness Reference Center (CREPD), with the support of the Zika operation carried out by the Americas Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the capacities of National Societies through training of quality personnel that can replicate its thematic of emphasis in their National Societies and communities.

Once trained, participants will be able to coordinate the implementation of new workshops at National Society level, but also can replicate these contents at community level; this way, a strengthening of capacities of the National Society in their response to vector-borne epidemics is achieved.

The Salvadoran Red Cross supported the workshop as hosts of the event, and the University of El Salvador and OFDA/USAID supported with the development of the interactive teaching methodology (MEI), this methodology allows participants to acquire skills in group management and pedagogical techniques for replication of the different topics.