Discussions on institutional collaboration between the University of Jordan and NESI/UAntwerp have started during 2013, and the agreement will be finalised in 2015. As a first joint project, an Immunisation newsletter/website is being developed and will be hosted on the website of the University of Jordan.
Vaccines and the success of vaccination programmes are a very important health intervention that is considered to be one of the most important preventive health measures. While this used to be limited to a very small number of vaccines, often administered to primarily children in infancy or early childhood, the number of vaccines that are routinely recommended to children as well as the extension to include older children, adolescents and adults, has more than doubled in recent years and is expected to increase with time as newer vaccines are introduced.
In order to help the medical community and healthcare workers, as well as the general public to be well-informed, a newsletter will be published online to have the maximum distribution and to help upgrade the knowledge of the public about vaccines and immunisation. The issues to be discussed will be mainly directed at the EMRO Region, however it will include news items about other regions, as well as provide timely information about the different vaccines that are being introduced in the Region and other parts of the world.
It is further noted that due to the fact that Jordan and Lebanon have been experiencing outbreaks of some diseases which were controlled in the past, such as measles, and the re-emergence of polio in Syria, the subject of immunisation is being further discussed on a wide scale since mass vaccination is being implemented in order to minimize the risk of such diseases. It is now more important than ever that information about vaccines be more readily available to all stakeholders including the general public, policy makers, medical and nursing staff as well as pharmacists in order to counter the many rumours that are being circulated about the "dangers" of vaccines and vaccination.
The immunisation newsletter will be updated on a three-monthly basis or sooner if required.