Technical Support: Activities 2014

Institutional Strengthening: South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC)

Pretoria, South Africa 1 January, 2014 to 31 December, 2014

For the third year in a row, NESI continues to work with The South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC), hosted at the University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus in South Africa, through a collaboration agreement. SAVIC was the first focal office to be established in January 2012.

SAVIC and NESI share a common goal of improving the quality and sustainability of immunisation programmes, through education and training; and have a long working relationship spanning over 10 years. SAVIC was established at Medunsa Campus of the University of Limpopo in 2003. It is a network of partners in the field of vaccination and immunisation. SAVIC is a Public Private Academic alliance between the South African Department of Health, Vaccine Industry, Academic institutions and other stakeholders. SAVIC activities are undertaken in close collaboration with the South African National Department of Health, NESI/UAntwerp, WHO and other partners. The strategic operational areas of SAVIC include Education and Training, Operational Research and Technical Support and Advocacy.






Institutional Strengthening: University of Jordan

Amman, Jordan 1 January, 2014 to 31 December, 2014

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.



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Institutional Strengthening: SOMIPEV (Société Marocaine d'Infectiologie Pédiatrique et de Vaccinologie)

Marrakech, Morocco 1 January, 2014 to 31 December, 2014

SOMIPEV (Société Marocaine d'Infectiologie Pédiatrique et de Vaccinologie) is a non-profit association of paediatrics chaired by Prof Mohammed Bouskraoui, head of the paediatric department at CHU Mohammed VI, Marrakech. This association congregates all Moroccan expertise in the field of paediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology.

Its objectives are to improve and share knowledge of paediatric infectious diseases and vaccinology, to strengthen health education for the prevention of infectious diseases in Morocco, to strengthen education and training in medicine and pharmacy, to create an international scientific platform in this field and to translate research into better prevention of paediatric infectious diseases in Morocco and to guide and assess the impact of national vaccination strategies of the Ministry of Health.

NESI is pleased to continue its collaboration with SOMIPEV in 2014. We will assist SOMIPEV in developing training materials for e.g. the health care workers.







Last updated: 29 March, 2018