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Health worker leads a trachoma control meeting
A health worker in Ethiopia leads a trachoma control meeting. Many remote villages without schools rely on these workers to advocate for improved sanitation.
Health and sanitation workers in trachoma training
Health and sanitation workers participate in trachoma training activities in Ghana.

Overview
Training is an important component of trachoma control. The development of educational training manuals allows educators and community leaders to learn context-specific approaches to trachoma health education.  

Trachoma control programs worldwide develop manuals to facilitate the training of health educators. Training sessions teach educators and village health workers about all four aspects of the SAFE strategy. These sessions usually last a few days. Many manuals are produced in the local language in order to be available to a wider audience.


Designing a Manual and Training Program

When designing a training program, begin by outlining the training objectives. What is the purpose of the training activity and what should participants learn? For example, to develop a training activity on latrine construction an outline might look like this:

  • Introduction
  • Transmission of trachoma: the role of flies
  • The importance of fly control
  • Latrine construction guidelines and instructions
  • Latrine maintenance
  • Training of community volunteers and health workers
  • Approaches to community involvement
  • Latrine promotion
  • Supervision

Select trainers: Who will be your "experts". Work with them to design the training program. Use their input to develop the text of the manual. Include pictures and visual aids to demonstrate key ideas where appropriate. Use language the target audience will understand. Remember to define all technical vocabulary. Develop a training program that balances direct instruction with participatory activities, such as ice-breakers, demonstrations, and group problem-solving activities.



Pre-Testing Manuals

Pre-test the manual with a sample group representative of your training participants. Verify that the format of the manual is logical and clear. Ask the sample group if they found any of the training activities to be culturally inappropriate.

Remember that the manual should have more specific content than the training program itself. The manual is a resource that participants can use as they practice the skills they have learned in training. Training manuals that include additional case examples and exercises encourage the participants to continue learning the topics covered.

An instructor at a regional training in northern Ghana.

An instructor reviews the importance of community stakeholders in latrine promotion at a regional training in northern Ghana


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Trachoma for Primary Schools cover image The Leading Role of Women in Trachoma Control cover image WHO Yellow Book Amharic cover image Cirriculum for Trachoma Prevention cover image
Trachoma for
Primary Schools
The Leading Role of
Women in Trachoma Control
WHO Yellow
Book Amharic
Cirriculum for
Trachoma Prevention
HKI
English
Ethiopia
Amharic
Ethiopia
Amharic
Ethiopia
Amharic
 
Pit Latrines for All Households Guide d'animation en trachome cover image Trachoma Resource Pack cover image A Manual on School Sanitation and Hygiene cover image
Pit Latrines for All Households Guide d'animation
en trachome
Trachoma Resource Pack A Manual on School Sanitation and Hygiene
Ethiopia
Amharic
Mali
French
Vietnam
English
UNICEF
English
 
Trachoma cover image Integration de concepts et d'habilites cover image Pedagogical Guide cover image Arabic Manual Morocco cover image
Trachoma Integration de
concepts et d'habilites
Pedagogical Guide Arabic Manual Morocco
ICEH
English
Morocco
Arabic
Morocco
English
Morocco
Arabic
 
 Hanyane cover image Trachoma: A women's health issue cover image A Manual on Hygiene Promotion cover image Prevention of Childhood Blindness cover image
Hanyane Trachoma: A women's health issue A Manual on Hygiene Promotion Prevention of Childhood Blindness
ICEH
English
GAWH
English
UNICEF
English
ICEH
English

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