WHO provides specialized training for health personnel on environmental health monitoring

WHO provides specialized training for health personnel on environmental health monitoring

WHO is working with the Indonesian government to transform its primary health care (PHC) services. As a key pillar of its Health Transformation Agenda, it underlines Indonesia’s commitment to ensuring that all people in Indonesia enjoy optimal health throughout their lives.Learning from the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health is stepping up efforts to address gaps in the health system, includingUskesmas and public health laboratories (Labuxmas). The lack and uneven distribution of adequately trained laboratory staff, including environmental health specialists or health personnel, affects the quality of health services at the community level. This challenge is compounded by limited oversight, guidance and guidance to improve laboratory staff skills, including environmental health monitoring, and to maintain quality standards in laboratory services.

As part of the government’s efforts to reform primary health care services, the Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization, has launched a program to strengthen environmental health surveillance at the primary health care level.With guidance from WHO, Universiti Indonesia (UI) helps develop training courses and resources for health personnel public health center Across Indonesia. These health workers are environmental health experts who play a key role in ensuring the quality of environmental health in their communities. They conduct laboratory and field testing to monitor the environment, investigate sources of contamination and foodborne illness, and conduct vector surveillance to monitor mosquito populations and disease prevalence.

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Check out the hygiene kits at Badge Community Health Centre. (Photo credit: PKKLI UI)

The program begins with an assessment to understand training needs and a site visit to check the availability of hygiene kits public health center grade. Based on needs assessments and consultation, the team developed a training curriculum and five modules covering topics and exercises related to environmental health basics, air quality measurements, food testing, water quality measurements, and vectors and animal reservoirs. Subsequently, the team conducted a three-day training for 36 health personnel from 35 provinces in Depok, West Java, from November 14 to 16, 2023. The training program combines theoretical demonstrations with practical exercises for each module. Participants are also encouraged to discuss and work together to provide solutions to specific case studies related to environmental health. Training participants improved their environmental monitoring knowledge and skills by an average of 25%. Additionally, these health personnel will be equipped to provide supervision and guidance to their counterparts in their respective provinces.

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36 health workers from across Indonesia participated in the training (Image: PKKLI UI)

Following the success of the programme, the Ministry is taking steps to formalize the courses and modules and register them on the official Training Accreditation Information System (SIAKPEL).Registered courses and modules will serve as the basis for expanded standardized and certified training of health personnel public health center grade. Indonesia has more than 10 000 public health laboratories at the community level, and the training courses and modules developed have the potential to significantly improve Indonesia’s environmental health monitoring capabilities in the coming years. WHO remains committed to working with the Ministry of Health to strengthen public health laboratories in Indonesia, recognizing the important role they play in safeguarding the health and well-being of the Indonesian people. “


The event is funded by the European Union
Author: Tina Kusumaningrum, National Professional Officer, WHO Indonesia Laboratory

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