The 12th Annual Africa Vaccinology Course was organised by the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA), University of Cape Town, from 7 to 11 November 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The objectives of the course included:
- Provide participants with essential expertise to support national immunisation programmes
- Broaden the understanding of the challenges and opportunities in vaccinology at regional and global levels
- Build sustainable research capacity for vaccine development and conducting high quality phase I-IV vaccine trials in Africa
- Foster communication and networking among African vaccinologists
The course aimed to enhance knowledge on vaccines and immunisation among the national immunisation programme managers, healthcare workers, as well as basic scientists involved in vaccination programmes and/or vaccinology research in the African Region. The course was attended by 50 participants from 23 African countries from the four regions (North, South, East and West).
Four participants were given the opportunity to give a short presentation on their current work and experiences. The four presentations were selected from a list of abstracts submitted by the participants.
A pool of 33 faculty members (national and international) presented at the course and were all experts in the field of vaccinology coming from academia and industry. NESI was invited by VACFA to give lectures on the following topics: Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), and Vaccination Schedules: Past, Present and Future.