Education & Training: In-service training 2014

Experience Exchange Meeting

Building Vaccinology Expertise in South East Asia

Bandung, West-Java, Indonesia 29 November, 2014 to 30 November, 2014

More than 200 participants from ten countries attended the Symposium: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Profile of participants: academia, NITAG members, EPI managers and other MoH staff, members of Paediatric, Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Community Health Associations, medical students.

The purpose of the Symposium was to:
(a) Update participants on the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) and its related Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP);
(b) Discuss recent advances in new vaccines and their use;
(c) Exchange lessons learned and best practices regarding new vaccines introduction among participating countries;
(d) Discuss cold chain and logistics for preparation of new vaccines introduction;
(e) Discuss integrated management of immunisation; (f) Discuss training in immunisation at medical and nursing schools;
(g) strengthen immunisation programmes through partnerships between various stakeholders.

The Symposium was organised by the Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI)/University of Antwerp, Belgium, and the University of Padjadjaran, Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesian Paediatric Society. Financial support was received from the Flemish Inter-University Council, Belgium.

The first day of the Symposium focused on new policies and issues related to new vaccine introduction. The Indonesian Ministry of Health shared their lessons learned and best practices regarding new vaccine introduction in the country. The rationale and current vaccination schedules were discussed, as well as specific vaccines including pneumococcal, rotavirus, HPV, influenza and dengue vaccines.

The second day was organised in parallel sessions, whereby the first session focused on scientific aspects of vaccinology and the status of immunisation training in health training institutions; while session 2 addressed the programmatic issues of national immunisation programmes, including surveillance, immunisation safety, cold chain management, and communication.

Speakers included national and international vaccinology experts from universities, Ministries of Health, Paediatric Societies, WHO, UNICEF, IVI, industry, and NESI.

The Symposium was well appreciated by the participants and created lively discussions among experts of the different countries present. A request was made to organise an annual symposium, alternating in one of the participating countries.

MLM Courses

Mid-level Management course on the Expanded Programme on Immunisation for Lusophone Countries in the WHO/AFRO Region

Maputo, Mozambique 17 November, 2014 to 28 November, 2014

The Lusophone MLM Course was held in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, between 17 and 28 November 2014. The course was organised by WHO/AFRO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, UNICEF, Gavi and NESI. The main objective of the MLM course was to strengthen the capacity of EPI managers and to equip academics from medical and nursing schools with new updates in the immunization field. The total number of participants was 27 from the 5 Lusophone countries of the WHO/AFRO region.

Angola was represented by 3 participants: 2 of them are academics teaching respectively in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Angola and in the Department of Public Health, Augusto Neto University. The third is the Director of the national EPI in Angola. Cape Verde was represented by 5 participants; all managers of the EPI programme at national or provincial level. Five participants came from Guinea Bissau, one of them is Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bissau, and 4 are from the national EPI programme. Mozambique was the largest group with 10 participants from different levels of the EPI. Represented by the current EPI Director, a post-graduate from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, other were EPI managers or EPI Logisticians working at the national or regional level. São Tomé and Principe was represented by 4 participants, all from the national EPI/MoH.

The Lusophone MLM course was facilitated by 9 facilitators in total. Out of the 9, 3 were from WHO, 3 came from UNICEF, 2 external consultants (retired from WHO and UNICEF) and 1 from NESI.

NESI provided financial and technical support and actively facilitated in the cold chain, vaccines management, supervision and surveillance modules sessions.


Vaccinology Courses

ADVAC – 15th Advanced Course of Vaccinology

Annecy, France 12 May, 2014 to 23 May, 2014

The 15th Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) was organised by Fondation Mérieux and the University of Geneva, at Veyrier-du-Lac, France, from 12 to 23 May 2014.

The ADVAC course is a two-week training programme for decision-makers, academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies, in all fields related to vaccines and immunisation. The course aims to facilitate decision-making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview, from immunology to vaccine development and clinical trials and the social, economic, political and ethical issues of vaccination. The 15th ADVAC course was attended by 68 participants from 35 countries, from both developing and industrialised countries.

Over 60 international lecturers and working group supervisors, all experts in vaccinology, facilitated in the course. NESI was invited to assist in the working group on "National decision making for immunisation programmes".

Seminar on The introduction of new vaccines into national immunisation programmes

Marrakech, Morocco 27 March, 2014 to 28 March, 2014

Séminaire de mise à jour sur l'introduction de nouveaux vaccins dans les programmes nationaux de vaccination

The seminar was jointly organised by the Faculty of Medicine, Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, and the Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI), in Marrakech, Morocco, from 27 to 28 March 2012.

The seminar was intended for Francophone countries from Northern Africa/Middle East: Algeria, Lebanon, Mauretania, Morocco, Tunisia. Vaccine preventable diseases are still a major concern in these countries and the introduction and widespread use of new and under-utilized vaccines can contribute significantly to achieving MDG 4 of reducing the under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015, compared to 1990.

The objectives of the seminar included: (1) to provide participants with the latest updates on routine immunisation, under-utilised and new vaccines; (2) to emphasise the importance of capacity building activities in the area of vaccines and immunisation; (3) to discuss the essential factors in the decision making process for new vaccine introduction; (4) to discuss the financial challenges and programmatic aspects of new vaccine introduction; and (5) to discuss the challenges for the management of vaccination programmes, in particular the adaptation of vaccination schedules/calendars.

A total of 44 participants with following profile attended the meeting: EPI managers and other EPI staff, academics, paediatricians, clinicians and NITAG members.

Speakers included national and international vaccinology experts from universities, Ministries of Health, WHO and NESI.

The seminar was well appreciated by the participants [evaluation scores: excellent (58%); very good (36%); good (6%); mediocre (0%); unsatisfactory (0%)] and created lively discussions and exchange of experience among experts of the different countries present. A request was made to organise such a seminar on new vaccine introduction on an annual basis. 

TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course

Berlin, Germany 6 January, 2014 to 17 January, 2014

The TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course was organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ITMIH), Berlin, and NESI/UAntwerp, from 6 to 17 January 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The course is an accredited module (3.5 ECTS credit points) of the TropEd Masters Programme in International Health. TropEd is a network of institutions for higher education in International Health, including European and non-European institutions. This was the first time that the course was run for two weeks, following faculty and student recommendations. The accreditation for the two-weeks course was obtained in October 2013 and is valid until October 2018.

Thirteen students from both industrialised and developing countries attended the course.

Lecturers came from the Universities of Cape Town and Limpopo (South Africa), Gavi (Switzerland), Ministry of Health of Ghana, Robert Koch Institute (Berlin, Germany), Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (Berlin, Germany), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), WHO/HQ (Switzerland), GlaxoSmithKline (Belgium and Germany) and NESI/UAntwerp (Belgium).

Teaching methods included seminar-style and interactive lectures, and group work on specific target diseases. A visit was brought to the Robert Koch Institute overseeing Germany's vaccination programme.

NESI staff gave lectures on the following topics: HPV vaccines; Adolescent vaccination; Immunisation training and education; and Cold Chain. NESI also facilitated the group work on HPV vaccines and chaired several sessions.

Student evaluation was based on presentation of the group work, a written exam and a written essay on a topic of choice relevant to vaccines and immunisation. The essays were evaluated by the course organisers (ITMIH and NESI).

Last updated: 29 March, 2018