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2012

4th Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 10 December, 2012 to 12 December, 2012

The 4th Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation (ARCI), organised by WHO/AFRO, took place from 10 to 12 December 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The theme for the fourth ARCI meeting was "Innovations, access and the rights of all to vaccines". The meeting dealt with three subthemes discussed during plenary sessions: (1) Targeted vaccine preventable disease control initiatives; (2) Innovations for strengthening immunisation systems; and (3) Vaccine research and development.

In addition to the plenary sessions, three parallel sessions were organised. The first parallel session discussed: (1) Polio operations – humanitarian crisis; (2) Measles and rubella; (3) Other disease control initiatives. The second parallel session was built around: (1) Disease surveillance and laboratory networks; (2) Immunisation financing; (3) Immunisation systems support. The third parallel session addressed: (1) Vaccine research and development, and vaccine regulation; (2) Immunisation informatics.

NESI was invited by WHO/AFRO to give a lecture in the parallel session on Immunisation systems support on "Innovative capacity building efforts for enhancing immunisation systems". The presentation was well received and opened up to lively discussions regarding immunisation training for healthcare workers. One the recommendations at the end of the meeting stated that "Countries are requested to strengthen human resource capacity and put immunisation strengthening as an integral part of the broader efforts to strengthen health systems".

Throughout the sessions on "poster presentations", the training DVD developed by the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation of Kenya, WHO and NESI, on "The introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Kenya" was shown. 

International African Vaccinology Conference

Cape Town, South Africa 9 November, 2012 to 11 November, 2012

The first International African Vaccinology Conference, organised in Cape Town, South Africa, from 9 to 11 November 2012, was hosted by the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA), University of Cape Town (UCT). The conference was jointly organised by UCT and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD/NHLS), South Africa. The conference chairs were Prof. Gregory Hussey (UCT), Prof. Shabir Madhi (NICD/NHLS) and Prof. Barry Schoub (NICD/NHLS).

The Conference brought together 500 health workers, programme managers, researchers, representatives of civil society, government, and international agencies to discuss successes and challenges of immunisation programmes in Africa and to explore appropriate solutions.

The Conference focused on critical vaccine and immunisation issues for Africa as the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is being approached. It provided a forum for discussions on vaccinology in Africa, including science, clinical, public health and health systems research. 

7th African Rotavirus symposium

Cape Town, South Africa 8 November, 2012

The 7th African Rotavirus Symposium was organised by the University of Limpopo/Medunsa Diarrheal Pathogens Research Unit, the Medical Research Council and the National Health Laboratory Services, on 8 November 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The symposium was a one day academic and scientific pre-conference (organised back-to-back with the International African Vaccinology Conference) aiming to disseminate up-to-date information from across the globe to all those involved in rotavirus research in the region. 

National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) meeting

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 20 September, 2012

The National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) Meeting in the Eastern Mediterranean Region was organised on 20 September 2012 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The invited participants included NITAG chairpersons of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Yemen; as well as RTAG members, and representatives from WHO, UNICEF , CDC, AMP and NESI.

The objective of the meeting was to update NITAG chairpersons and RTAG members on progress and constraints facing EPI and the expected role of NITAG for supporting EPI. 

27th Inter-country meeting of national managers of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 16 September, 2012 to 19 September, 2012

The 27th inter-country meeting for national EPI managers was organised by WHO/EMRO from 16-19 September 2012 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The meeting was attended by participants from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Yemen; as well as by RTAG and NITAG members, WHO, UNICEF , CDC, AMP, Sabin Vaccine Institute and NESI. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Ala Alwan, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

The objectives of the meeting included:

  • To review national and regional progress in EPI: achievements, constraints and way forward
  • To discuss recent advances in new vaccines and technologies: progress, constraints and the challenges facing their use

The meeting discussed the following sessions:

  • Global and regional briefings: update on global situation of EPI; briefing on SAGE sessions and the Global Vaccine Action Plan
  • Reaching and sustaining high access to routine immunisation in difficult situations
  • Achieving the regional targets: polio eradication, measles/rubella elimination, maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, hepatitis B control
  • Introduction of new vaccines: global situation, strengthening decision making process for new vaccine introduction, role of NITAG in supporting new vaccine introduction, lessons learned from introduction of new vaccines in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Strengthening EPI to meet the targets: improving programme management, improving monitoring and evaluation of EPI, improving vaccine management and logistics, sustainable immunisation financing. 

Global New and Under-utilised Vaccines Implementation meeting

Marrakech, Morocco 15 May, 2012 to 17 May, 2012

The sixth Global Meeting on Implementing New and Under-utilized Vaccines (NUVI) was organized by WHO/HQ from 15 to 17 May 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting was attended by 116 participants including representatives of Ministries of Health from 12 countries, WHO, UNICEF, partner agencies, universities, NGOs and manufacturers.

The main objective of the meeting was to create a forum for immunisation partners working at global, regional and country levels, both in the private and public sectors, to discuss issues related to the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines, and to review the progress in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for New and Under-Utilized Vaccines.

The meeting started with a plenary session, setting the stage for the discussions throughout the meeting. The session addressed lessons learned with the introduction of rotavirus, pneumococcal and meningococcal A conjugate vaccines.

Working group sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccine: experiences with implementation
  • Immunisation programme planning and monitoring
  • New vaccines, immunisation and health systems strengthening
  • Supply chain and logistics - country preparedness for NUVI
  • Delivery of Human Papilloma Virus vaccines
  • Assessing the disease impact of new and under-utilised vaccines
  • Strategies for middle-income and GAVI graduating countries

The following topics were identified as NUVI priorities for 2012/13: supporting introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, improve and disseminate cost-effectiveness tools, support NITAGs and NRAs, identify ways to make vaccines more affordable, strengthen supply chains and logistics, improve capacity of human resources for immunisation, improve vaccine impact assessment and data quality, and improve monitoring of vaccine safety. 

Advocacy event: LUMIMA

Ghent, Belgium 10 May, 2012

On 10 May 2012 the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), based at the University of Ghent, Belgium, organised the interactive event LUMIMA, an information and sensitization initiative within the framework of the Belgian Development Cooperation Days.

LUMIMA started in the afternoon with 'Think & Taste', an information market (Figure 9) around the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (reducing child mortality and improving maternal health). Various organisations working in the field related to MDG 4 and 5 were present: Amnesty International, Because Health, Doctors without Borders, MEMISA, NESI, SENSOA, UNICEF, and many others.

Parallel with the information market, several videos from the organisations present were shown. Presentations related to MDG 4 and 5 were given by several experts in the field. The keynote lecture was given by Prof. Marleen Temmerman, director of ICRH, now the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO/HQ.

In the evening, a quiz was organised, in which the participants could challenge some eminent professors and celebrities regarding their knowledge on MDG 4 and 5. 

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts meetings

Geneva, Switzerland 10 April, 2012 to 12 April, 2012

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Meetings were organised by WHO from 10 to 12 April 2012, and from 6 to 8 November 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. SAGE advises WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine research and development, to delivery of immunisation services and linking immunisation with other health interventions. SAGE usually meets twice a year and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO.

In addition to the regular SAGE meetings, an extraordinary SAGE meeting was organised from 16 to 17 February 2012 to review the Global Vaccine Action Plan for the Decade of Vaccines.

The first session of SAGE usually covers the reports from WHO/IVB and the GAVI Alliance. This is followed by regional reports and other related topics.

SAGE is an excellent opportunity for NESI to network but also for understanding the rationale underpinning most of WHO's recommendations on vaccines and immunisation. These evidence-based arguments subsequently can be rapidly included in NESI's training/teaching activities enriching discussions with the most recent information, especially relevant for vaccinology courses and immunisation management courses. 

International Conference on Cancer Control in the Middle-East and Africa

Marrakech, Morocco 12 January, 2012 to 14 January, 2012

An International Conference on Cancer Control in the Middle-East and Africa (MEA) was organised by the Lalla Salma Association against Cancer in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and WHO, from 12 to 14 January 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco. The theme of the conference was "Which strategy for Cervical Cancer Prevention and which strategy for Cooperation and Access to cancer care in the Middle-East and Africa".

The objectives of the conference were:

a) to review the situation of cervical cancer prevention in the MEA, five years after the "Rabat Call" launched at the First Symposium on Cervical Cancer Prevention;
b) to examine models of successful programmes of vaccination and early detection of cervical cancer in MEA and other regions;
c) to review the role of International Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations in cancer control;
d) to review existing Access Projects to cancer care in the MEA and other regions;
e) propose recommendations and perspectives for cervical cancer prevention; and
f) to propose recommendations and perspectives for cooperation and access to cancer care in MEA region.

The conference was under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma and with participation of First Ladies and Princesses from several countries in the MEA Region. Health programme managers, scientists, experts from international organisations, NGOs and other associations active in cancer prevention and control attended the conference.

NESI participated actively in the sessions and workshops on HPV vaccination and early detection of cervical cancer. 

2011

Third Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation; Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Consultation; and 18th African Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Committee

Windhoek, Namibia 5 December, 2011 to 8 December, 2011

The third Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation (ARCI), organised by WHO/AFRO, took place from 5 to 7 December 2011 in Windhoek, Namibia, followed by the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration Consultation, and the African Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Committee (ARICC), on 8 December 2011.

The theme for the third ARCI meeting was "Towards a polio-free Africa".

Participants received an update on attaining the polio eradication milestones in Africa, as well as highlighting the need to continue to strengthen health and surveillance systems. The meeting emphasised the importance of routine immunisation and reaching the unreached to better control and prevent unnecessary deaths and suffering.

The following items were addressed during three plenary sessions:

(1) Achieving polio eradication milestones;
(2) Strengthening immunisation systems; and
(3) Accelerating the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.
 
In addition to the plenary sessions, two parallel sessions were organised.
 
The first parallel session discussed:
(1) Interrupting wild polio virus transmission in priority countries;
(2) Polio eradication, the remaining challenges.
 
The second parallel sessions were built around:
(1) Reaching the unreached;
(2) New vaccines and their impact on disease burden;
(3) Immunisation financing challenges.

Throughout the three sessions on "poster presentations and video clips", the training DVD developed by the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation of Kenya, WHO and NESI, on "The introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Kenya" was shown.

The ARCI meeting was organised back-to-back with the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration.

The Decade of Vaccines Collaboration is an effort under the leadership of WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United States National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases that will further define the DoV vision and develop a Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). 

More than 180 participants including Ministry of Health representatives, EPI managers, WHO and UNICEF staff, Civil Society Organizations, donors and academics/researchers took part in the briefing session and small group discussion session. Discussions were built around the following themes: (1) Needs and opportunities in immunisation for the countries over the next decade; (2) Countries commit to immunisation as a priority; (3) Equity of service delivery; (4) Integration of immunisation systems into strengthened health systems; and (5) Operational and implementation research needs at country level.

NESI contributed to the discussions in the group on “Integration of immunisation systems into strengthened health systems” and recommended that the section should be aligned with the Health Systems Building Blocks. The consultation made recommendations on how to improve the GVAP draft document: increase emphasis in the document on capacity building for both health training institutions and health care workers, coordination and public private partnerships; include reference to MDGs; align sections with Health Systems Building Blocks.

The last meeting in Windhoek was the ARICC meeting, which gathered a wide group of donors to international immunisation efforts, development banks and national governments to discuss the financial sustainability of immunisation programmes in Africa. WHO, UNICEF and GAVI presented their 2011 financial reports. WHO/AFRO presented the strategic directions for the immunisation programme, as well as the plan of action for 2012. Contribution statements were made by donors and partners. NESI pledged continued technical and financial support for capacity building activities in the African Region.

 

Inter-country meeting on Measles Control/Elimination

Dubai, UAE 17 October, 2011 to 19 October, 2011

An inter-country meeting on measles control/elimination was organised by WHO/EMRO from 17-19 October 2011 in Dubai, UAE.

The meeting was attended by participants from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Yemen; as well as by RTAG and NITAG members, CDC, UNICEF and NESI.

The objectives of the meeting included:

  • To review and follow up on the progress in implementing the strategic plan for measles elimination;
  • To review achievements of measles surveillance indicator targets;
  • To review measles elimination validation process in the countries near elimination;
  • To review and update the national plans for strengthening measles/rubella elimination and control programmes.

The meeting was organised around plenary sessions, but countries were also tasked with group work to review their respective situation of measles elimination in relation to population immunity and towards achieving the target of measles surveillance performance indicators.

The Eastern Mediterranean Region has set 2015 as target for measles elimination from all countries in the Region. Measles mortality reduction target is 90% mortality reduction by 2012 compared to 2000 levels. Strategies to achieve measles control/elimination include: achieving high population immunity, strong case-based laboratory surveillance and case management.

The reported vaccination coverage is improving and measles surveillance is progressing well. The commitment of EMR countries towards measles elimination was renewed in the 58th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean "Scaling up the Expanded Programme on Immunisation to meet global and regional targets".

In 2011, there was no Regional EPI Managers meeting organised for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Therefore, attending the Measles control/elimination meeting was an excellent opportunity for NESI to discuss potential activities in specific countries with EPI staff and other immunisation partners. 

Global New and Under-utilized Vaccines Implementation Meeting

Montreux, Switzerland 22 June, 2011 to 24 June, 2011

The fifth Global Meeting on Implementing New and Under-utilized Vaccines (NUVI) was organized by WHO/HQ from 22 to 24 June 2011 in Montreux, Switzerland. The meeting was attended by 125 participants including representatives of Ministries of Health from 18 countries, WHO, UNICEF, partner agencies, universities, NGOs and manufacturers.

The main objective of the meeting was to create a forum for immunisation partners working at global, regional and country levels, both in the private and public sectors, to discuss issues related to the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines, and to review the progress in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for New and Under-Utilized Vaccines Implementation. The overall theme of the 2011 NUVI meeting was "Sustaining the gains of new vaccine introduction".

The meeting started with a plenary session, setting the stage for the discussions throughout the meeting. Work group discussions focussed on six key subject areas.

The following topics were addressed during the plenary sessions:

  • Programmatic achievements including progress with implementation of Hib, pneumococcal, rotavirus, epidemic meningococcal and HPV vaccines and prioritizing activities for the next 12 months, including a review of recommendations from last year's workshops;
  • An update from GAVI and other partners on the status of funding available for new vaccines as well as new policies;
  • Review of lessons learned from Pneumococcal, Rotavirus and Meningitis A vaccine introductions.

Working group sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Prioritization of vaccines at country level;
  • Review of immunisation schedules for pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines;
  • The vaccine supply and pricing situation;
  • Delivery strategies for HPV, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis and Rubella vaccines;
  • Communication and advocacy for new vaccines introduction;
  • Human resource needs for new vaccines implementation.
It was concluded that rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccine introductions should be prioritised, followed by preparations for HPV introduction and support for the introduction of underused regional vaccines such as Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis A, Typhoid and Cholera vaccines.
In a final voting session, participants prioritized the following supportive tasks for 2012: make vaccines more affordable, strengthen immunisation delivery systems, increase national ownership and financing of NUVI, improve human resources for immunisation and improve surveillance data quality. 

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts meetings

Geneva, Switzerland 5 April, 2011 to 7 April, 2011

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meetings were organised by WHO from 5 to 7 April 2011, and from 8 to 10 November 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. SAGE advises WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine research and development, to delivery of immunisation services and linking immunisation with other health interventions. SAGE meets twice a year and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO. The first session of SAGE usually covers the reports from WHO/IVB and the GAVI Alliance. This is followed by regional reports.

SAGE is for NESI an excellent opportunity for networking but also for understanding the rationale underpinning most of WHO's recommendations on vaccines and immunisation. These evidence-based arguments subsequently can be rapidly included in NESI's training/teaching activities enriching discussions with the most recent information, especially relevant for vaccinology courses and immunisation management courses. 

EPI Managers Meeting for Eastern and Southern Africa

Harare, Zimbabwe 22 March, 2011 to 23 March, 2011

The Annual EPI Managers meeting for Eastern and Southern Africa was organised by the WHO/Inter-Country Support Team (IST) from Eastern and Southern Africa from 22 to 23 March 2011, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The meeting was attended by National EPI managers of all 19 countries of  Eastern and Southern Africa, WHO staff, members of the Task force on Immunisation, UNICEF and immunisation partners (American Red Cross, Clinton Health Access Initiative, GAVI, MCHIP, NESI, PATH, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, CDC, Rotary International).

The overall objective of the meeting was to assess the immunisations performance in all the 19 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa and to map the way forward for the programme.

Specific objectives of the meeting were:

  • To discuss and propose strategies for realizing the IVD priorities for the current year;
  • To identify the gaps in performance indicators for IVD priority areas realized during the previous year and propose innovative ways for closing the gaps;
  • To identify the technical support available to countries at the different organizational levels (RO, IST & CO) in order to ensure that targets in priority areas, for the current year, are achieved;
  •  To share experiences and chart the way forward on implementing the Reaching Every District strategy;
  • To improve capacity of country staff to sustain AFP surveillance and integrate AFP surveillance with other disease surveillance activities including Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR);
  • To share experiences in addressing accelerated disease control through conducting immunization campaigns in the course of the year and provide guidance on planning for high quality campaigns;
  • To provide a forum for the updating and discussion of issues related to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization;
  • To orient country staff on the need to collect, analyze, and use accurate, up-to-date and timely data and agree on the effective utilization of standardized tools to address gaps in data quality.

Attending the EPI managers meeting is an excellent opportunity for NESI to discuss and plan joint activities with EPI staff and other immunization partners in specific countries.

2010

Global New And Under-utilized Vaccines Implementation Meeting

Montreux, Switzerland 23 June, 2010 to 25 June, 2010

The Global Meeting in Implementing New and Under-utilized Vaccines (NUVI) was organized by WHO/HQ .

The main objective of the meeting was to create a forum for individuals working at global, regional and country levels, both in the private and public sectors, to discuss issues related  to the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines.

The meeting provided an update on progress in new vaccines implementation in the last year, and improved understanding of issues and constraints faced by countries and stakeholders in introducing new vaccines. It also helped to provide a clearer understanding on roles and responsibilities of partners.

All countries in the Eastern and Mediterranean Region participated in the first Vaccination Week.

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts meetings

Geneva, Switzerland 13 April, 2010 to 15 April, 2010

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meetings were orginised by the WHO from 13 to 15 April 2010 and from 9 to 11 November 2010. SAGE advises WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine research and development, to delivery of immunisation services and linking immunisation with other health interventions. SAGE usually meets twice a year and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO.

SAGE is for NESI an excellent opportunity for networking but also for understanding the rationale underpinning most of WHO’s recommendations on vaccines and immunisation. These evidence-based arguments subsequently can be rapidly included in NESI’s training/teaching activities enriching discussions with the most recent information, especially relevant for vaccinology courses and immunisation management courses.

The first session of SAGE usually covers the reports from WHO/IVB and the GAVI Alliance. This is followed by regional reports: in April 2010 the reports from Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia were discussed. In November 2010 the other WHO regions were covered (Americas, Europe and Western Pacific Region).

An interesting topic discussed in November was the Decade of Vaccine Initiative; This is a vision for the next ten years to achieve immunisation goals and key milestones in the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving vaccines, with a focus on children and the poor.

(1) Strengthening public support for vaccine use and financing;

(2) Expanding the reach of delivery programmes;

(3) Maintaining a strong pipeline of R&D; and

(4) Exploring strategies to ensure global access to sufficient supplies of highly affordable vaccines.

EPI Managers Meeting For Eastern And Southern Africa

Maputo, Mozambique 10 March, 2010 to 12 March, 2010

The Annual EPI Managers meeting for Eastern and Southern Africa was organized by the WHO/Inter-Country Support Team (IST) from Eastern and Southern Africa.

The meeting was attended by National EPI managers, UN Agencies, immunisation partners and members of the Task force on Immunisation. The meeting was officially opened by the Minister of Health of Mozambique, Prof. Paulo Ivo Garrido.

The objectives of this meeting were:

(1) to share progress in implementation of immunisation programme activities in the sub-Region;

(2) to exchange technical updates and up-to-date scientific developments;

(3) to identify and advance solutions in immunisation financing in the sub-region; and

(4) to create awareness on immunisation and related activities.

The meeting was organised around seven themes: (1) Routine immunisation services delivery: reaching un-vaccinated children; (2) Data quality; (3) New vaccines introduction; (4) Financing immunisation programmes; (5) Polio eradication; (6) Accelerated disease control (measles, MNT), and (7) Integration.

Global Immunisation Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland 1 February, 2010 to 3 February, 2010

The fifth Annual Global Immunisation Meeting was organized by WHO/HQ. NESI was invited to attend.

The objectives of the meeting were:

(1) to update on progress of the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) and the global immunisation and mortality reduction goals in the overall framework of the Millennium Development Goals;

(2) to share policy decisions and recommendations from the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) and other technical/advisory bodies; and

(3) to provide WHO and UNICEF global and regional staff, as well as immunisation partner representatives, with technical updates focusing on the programmatic issues related to the global immunisation efforts, including reaching the unreached.

The agenda was built around the four strategic areas of GIVS. Side meetings were held  and NESI actively participated in the following side meetings: Hepatitis birth dose/ Making pregnancy safer and EPI collaboration/Lessons learned from the Hib initiative/Global action plan for pneumonia prevention and control.

2009

Global New and Under-utilized Vaccines Implementation Meeting

Montreux, Switzerland 16 June, 2009 to 18 June, 2009

NESI was invited to attend The Global New and Under-utilised vaccines implementation meeting, organised by WHO.

The objectives of the meeting included to review and discuss key issues in new and underutilised vaccine introduction among immunisation partners:

(1) Programmatic achievements including progress with implementation of Hib, pneumococcal, rotavirus and other vaccines, and prioritising for the next 12 months;

(2) Integrated approaches to pneumonia and diarrhoea prevention, control and managemGlobent;

(3) Understanding the decision-making process for new vaccines introduction (e.g. cost-effectiveness analysis, advocacy with national advisory committees, strengthening of NRA);

(4) Supporting countries in strengthening the introduction processes (review of cold chain and logistics, training);

(5) Crisis and pre-emptive communication in response to AEFI, anti-vaccination information and rumours. 

Global Immunisation Meeting

New York, USA 17 February, 2009 to 19 February, 2009

NESI was invited to attend The Fourth Global Immunisation Meeting, organised by WHO and UNICEF.

The objectives of the meeting included:

(1) to update on progress of the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy and the global immunisation and mortality reduction goals in the overall framework of the Millennium Development Goals;

(2) to share policy decisions and recommendations from the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) and other technical/advisory bodies; and

(3) to provide WHO and UNICEF global and regional staff, as well as immunisation partner representatives, with technical updates focusing on the programmatic issues related to the global immunisation efforts, including reaching the un-reached. 

Last updated: 14 July, 2017