Blended Learning Using Peer Mentoring and WhatsApp for Building Capacity of Health Workers for Strengthening Immunization Services in Kenya

Iqbal Hossain, Isaac Mugoya, Lilian Muchai, Kirstin Krudwig, Nicole Davis, Lora Shimp, Vanessa Richart
2021 Global Health: Science and Practice Journal  
Evidence from available studies suggests that peer mentoring is a useful tool to build health workers' knowledge, skills, and practices. However, there is a dearth of research on use of this method of learning in immunization programs. Although WhatsApp has been used as a networking platform among health care professionals, there is limited research on its potential contribution to improving the immunization competencies of health workers. This study showed that peer mentoring and WhatsApp
more » ... rking are useful blended learning methods for need-based and individualized capacity building of health workers providing immunization services. Future research to assess the comparative cost-benefit between classroom-based training and peer mentoring (along with WhatsApp networking) will be useful.
doi:10.9745/ghsp-d-20-00421 pmid:33795370 pmcid:PMC8087436 fatcat:wf2kf3grhzc7flolp27zmvtdiq