Since 2005, NESI has been involved in building capacity in vaccinology for the Southern African sub-region through annual vaccinology courses with the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, as local organiser. The 9th African vaccinology course was organised in Cape Town, South Africa, from 25 to 29 November 2013, and was hosted by the Vaccine for Africa Initiative (VACFA), based at UCT's Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine.
The objectives of the course were to introduce participants to the various disciplines associated with vaccinology including vaccine development, immunology, microbiology, clinical trials, safety, ethics, economics, evidence-based medicine, advocacy and communication, and immunisation programmes. At the end of the course, participants will have the necessary expertise to support national immunisation programmes, and to support high quality phase I-IV vaccine trials in Africa.
The course was attended by 59 participants from 19 African countries, with the following profile: EPI managers and staff, medical doctors, nurses, public health specialists, academics and scientists working in the field of vaccinology.
Lecturers are experts in the field of vaccinology from academia, industry and private practice. NESI gave lectures on the following topics: Vaccination schedules; and Hepatitis vaccines. NESI was also part of the "meet the experts" session, a session that allowed for questions and discussions.