This handbook has been designed to provide program managers with a brief, capsular set of steps to follow when required to deal with Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) – often as emergencies – and to serve as an aid to facilitate immediate and appropriate program responses. A set of companion training materials that can be used by NTD programs for in-person and remote trainings for both program managers and health workers/community drug distributors are available separately.
The handbook was developed by the RTI-led ENVISION project in collaboration with the Task Force for Global Health, assisted by numerous concerned public health and medical professionals.
This handbook is meant to provide a user-friendly, step-by-step approach for the management of adverse events following MDA (AEs-f-MDA) – and the reporting of SAEs by managers of preventive chemotherapy programs. It is designed to supplement the recently released, more elaborate WHO guidelines and draws heavily from the rich experience of immunization programs.