By: Mohamed Irema, IMA World Health
In May 2013, IMA World Health and the Tanzania Ministry of Health, with support from RTI International and USAID, conducted two 3-day trainings on community mobilization, a key component to successful mass drug administration (MDA), in Mtwara and Manyara regions of Tanzania. The trainings focused on approaches to community mobilization for MDA, including an overview of the importance of the MDA strategy in the fight against NTDs, key concepts related to mass communication and MDA messaging, and how to address myths related to MDAs and NTDs. Among those trained were health and education sector District NTD Coordinators, School Health Coordinators, District Community Development Officers, and District Cultural Officers staff from 52 districts from the nine regions supported by Envision. The training materials and training module developed by IMA World Health will be finalized based on feedback received during the training and made available for roll out in other areas of the country.