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Workshop Planning Guide
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Avian Flu School (AFS), an international train-the-trainer program, covers the key topics and skills important for preventing, detecting and responding to H5N1 HPAI outbreaks. The full AFS course is a four-day course curriculum for training instructors regarding the critical information for H5N1 HPAI emergency management and communications, surveillance in domestic and wild birds, public health and worker safety, outbreak prevention and response, and practical skills (using PPE, packaging diagnostic samples, and swabbing, bleeding, vaccinating, and cleaning a chicken). The AFS course is designed to be adaptable to different countries and environmental conditions. See the AFS Course Outline.
The course is designed for veterinarians, poultry producers, animal health officials, agricultural extension staff, public health workers, wildlife managers, zoo managers, and live-bird market managers.
Training is needed at the national, district, and local level. The AFS course materials are appropriate for the national and district level workshops for the audiences listed above. The AFS course can be customized for particular stakeholder groups such as poultry producers or wildlife managers. The Overview Module is designed as the basic background information for all audiences. For many audiences, it would be appropriate to teach only portions of the modules. For example, the full Surveillance Module or Health Module may not be necessary for specific groups. Not every audience needs to know how to design a surveillance plan or how to protect hospital workers. The modules contain lessons. Customizing the AFS course may mean teaching only selected lessons of modules 2, 3, and 4. The modular and lesson design allows for the AFS materials to be customized for training particular stakeholder groups.
The AFS course materials would have to be adapted for education programs at the local community or village-level.
It is recommended that full 4-day AFS course be taught by at least two instructors, preferably three or four. Ideally, one instructor should have experience with animal health and poultry issues and one should have public health experience. Contact the AFS Program at www.avianfluschool.org to locate qualified AFS instructors.
Workshop Room Set Up
The AFS course modules involve short lectures and small group exercises. The room should be set up with four or five tables for 4-5 participants at each table. The tables should be positioned angled toward the front of the room so that participants can easily look forward and turn to their tables for group discussions. If the AFS PowerPoints are used with the modules, the projector should be positioned and the front of the room should have a screen. The room should also have a couple aisles with chart paper for recording some of the exercise discussions.
Preparation for the Laboratory Exercises
In order to set up the AFS laboratory, you will need to make several advance preparations:
Make sure you visit the room at least 1 day before the planned exercises and go through the following checklist:Laboratory Room Needs:
Setup on the day of the exercises:
It takes 2 people about 2 hours. How long in advance you need to begin setup is dependent on how long it takes to boil 3-5 liters of water (a Coleman stove takes 20-30 minutes to heat 2 pots).
Course Time Allowances
The full AFS course requires three days for the four modules and a half day for the practical session.
Module 1 – Overview: 1 day
Module 2 – Surveillance: 4.5-5 hours
Module 3 – Public Health and Worker Safety: 2-3 hours
Module 4 – Prevention and Response: 1 day
Practical Session (in Laboratory): 3 hours
Workshop Planning Checklist
Do 6 Weeks Prior to the Workshop:
___Reserve workshop venue: ________________________
___Reserve food service (4 days of breakfast and 3 days of lunch):
___Reserve hotel accommodations (as needed):
___Email invitations to participants and follow up with a call-- to potential participants among veterinarians, animal health officials, agricultural extension trainers, poultry industry advisors, wildlife managers, or other selected groups.
Confirm 2 weeks prior to the workshop:
___ Confirm participants as they respond
___Confirm workshop instructors/presenters:
Complete at least 1 week before workshop:
___Assemble sets of training materials, evaluation worksheets, and take-home handouts.
___Make arrangements for computer and PowerPoint projector, screen, aisles and chart paper, and marker pens.
___Re-confirm food (breakfast, lunches, snacks) and hotel reservations for participants and instructors.
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