The 30th intercountry meeting of national managers of the EPI programme and 17th intercountry meeting on measles/rubella control and elimination was organised by WHO/EMRO in collaboration with the Government of Oman from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Muscat, Oman.
The meeting was attended by more than 100 delegates, including MoH representatives and NITAG members from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE; by the members of the Regional Technical Advisory Group and other organisations including: BMGF, CDC, Gavi, EMPHNET, International Federation of Red Cross, JSI Research & Training Institute Inc., NESI/University of Antwerp, UNICEF and WHO.
The purpose of the meeting was to:
- Review countries' progress towards achieving the regional immunisation targets, including routine immunisation, measles elimination and hepatitis B control targets;
- Brief the participants on the latest updates for improving immunisation programmes;
- Review countries' progress in implementation of the national plans and discuss and update key planned activities and need for technical assistance for strengthening routine immunisation, measles/rubella elimination and hepatitis B control programme.
Countries also conducted group work on: (1) strengthening routine immunisation; and (2) reviewing country situation of measles/rubella control and updating planned activities in relation to population immunity. NESI joined the group of Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
As the activities of NESI are currently expanding in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, attending these meetings were an excellent opportunity to meet partners and plan future activities in the Region.