The 11th Annual African Vaccinology course was organised in Cape Town, South Africa, from 9 to 13 November 2015, and was hosted by the Vaccine for Africa Initiative (VACFA), based at the University of Cape Town.
The objectives of the course were to introduce participants to the various disciplines associated with vaccinology including immunology, vaccine development, microbiology, epidemiology, clinical trials, safety, ethics, evidence-based medicine, advocacy and communication, introduction of new vaccines. At the end of the course, participants will have the necessary expertise to support national immunisation programmes, and to support phase I-IV vaccine trials in Africa.
The course was attended by 62 participants from 27 African countries (representing the five regions: North, South, East, West and Central), with the following profile: EPI managers and staff, medical doctors, nurses, public health specialists, academics and scientists working in the field of vaccinology.
Lecturers included experts in the field of vaccinology from academia, industry and private practice. NESI was invited by VACFA to give lectures on the following topics: Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP); and Vaccination schedules: past, present and future. NESI was also part of the "meet the experts" session; a session that allowed for questions and discussions.