In September 2018, with funding support from the Australian Embassy in Ethiopia, field training materials were adapted to the Ethiopian context and translated to Amharic by the Ethiopian Institute for Agriculture Research (EIAR). The training manual, posters and vaccination calendar for Community Vaccinators were pre-tested in two villages in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Pre-testing is a vital process in the development of effective training and extension materials. The materials need to be believable, appealing and understandable in the local context to be effective. Pretesting showed that participants had difficulty understanding certain posters. From this, the most effective extension materials to promote vaccination activities were identified.
Then two people from each region, coming from Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern National Nationalities People, one person from the African Chicken Genetic Gains project in Ethiopia and one person from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries were trained as trainers of trainers of community vaccinators. The training was held in Debre Zeit.
It is expected that the trained people will go back to their regions and train people in their respective districts, who will then train Community Vaccinators in the villages. The training focused on the control of Newcastle disease in village chickens using freeze-dried vaccine.