This is a guide for community health workers about immunisations. It was developed alongside health workers in under-resourced and rural settings.

Working in their own study groups, community health workers can use this guide to learn how to:

  • promote immunisations and manage them in a clinic
  • explain an immunisation programme and how immunisations are given
  • advise parents about immunisations and the immunisation record
  • understand the importance and the risks of immunisations and the cold chain.
  • Full title: Immunisations: A guide for community health workers
  • Author(s): David Woods
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-928313-16-8
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-16-8
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-16-8

About the author

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.


We acknowledge all the participants of the Skills to Care Learning Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism during the development of this coursebook. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the coursebook can be improved.

Bettercare would like to gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Small Projects Foundation (SPF) in supporting this pilot project.

SPF is a conscientious non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community empowerment and development in the Eastern Cape and across South Africa. Established in January 1988, SPF is a community development and training trust that operates under the governance of a non-remunerated Board of Trustees. SPF specialises in the areas of project management, social marketing, development facilitation, training, innovative development, research and evaluation.

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