The workshop "Renforcement des capacités de l'introduction du vaccin contre la varicelle dans les programmes nationaux de vaccination", was organised on 29 March 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco, by the University Cadi Ayyad, SOMIPEV, and NESI/University of Antwerp.
The workshop explored the current status of varicella vaccine introduction in participating countries, gaps in information about varicella disease burden, and the role of NITAGs in new vaccine introduction.
The objectives of the workshop included:
- To increase knowledge on vaccine-preventable diseases, focusing on varicella
- Raise the awareness about varicella disease burden in certain risk groups
- To create awareness regarding varicella vaccination in the participating countries in order to reduce morbidity and mortality
- To support the national team of experts to make evidence-based recommendations on varicella vaccine introduction
The workshop consisted of interactive presentations and a round table discussion, including sharing of experiences and best practices.
The key target group included representatives of: Expanded Programme on Immunisation; National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs); immunisation partners; and other relevant stakeholders.
The workshop was attended by 44 participants. NITAG members and MoH representatives of the following countries participated in the workshop: Algeria, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Tunisia and Senegal. Facilitators of the workshop were from Cadi Ayyad University, SOMIPEV and NESI/University of Antwerp.
The workshop discussed the epidemiology and burden of varicella disease in the Region. An update of the varicella vaccines was presented, as well as the experience of varicella vaccination in the European Region.
The round table discussion addressed the following issues: decision-making process; need for operational research and support from partners.