Slides and Recording of November Monthly Meeting

Topic: Bridging the distance: Pivoting from in-person to virtual trainings for frontline health workers

Date: 18 November 2021 @ 10:30am EDT / 4:30pm SAST / 7:30pm GMT+5


Often, virtual trainings at the last mile are assumed to be a seamless solution when in-person trainings are not possible. The international development sector has steadily transitioned from in-person to digital trainings due to cost and time efficiencies and enabling access for more trainees. COVID put this to the test as teams pivoted almost exclusively to digital trainings. This panel explores what it takes to virtually train end-users who are accustomed to in-person trainings and/or have limited experience using digital tools. The session will focus on providing global guidance on transitioning to virtual trainings, as well as the practical experiences of three organizations. 

MOMENTUM partner EdTech Center @ World Education recently published guidance and tools to transition in-person trainings to a virtual format. Guidance includes how to assess training resources, participants’ needs, and technology access and skills. It also includes a suite of tools for conducting inventories, assessments, and surveys to design virtual training. It also includes approaches to assess the impacts and outcomes of distance and blended learning. 

Three organizations, Abt Associates, Dimagi, and Viamo, will share their practical experiences and lessons learned when transitioning from in-person to virtual trainings with frontline health workers and Ministry of Health officers in Tajikistan, Malawi, and Rwanda. This meeting aims to share the collective experiences of three different organizations, as well as to provide a platform for discussion with audience members on their experiences and lessons learned, and reflections on the latest global guidance and best practices.

Languages: English 

Moderator: Sarah Romorini, Senior Associate Digital Delivery, Abt Associates, USA


  • Victoria Neff, Assistant Director EdTech Center, World Education, USA 
  • Wouter Vink, Deputy Director of Program Delivery, Dimagi, South Africa 
  • Yuliya Rakhimova, Digital Health Specialist, Abt Associates, Tajikistan
  • Caroline Fuller, Product Owner – Workforce Engagement, Viamo, Zambia