The 13th Annual African Vaccinology Course was organised by the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA), University of Cape Town, from 13 to 17 November 2017 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;
- Discuss the roles and challenges of the NITAGs in the strengthening of the immunisation programmes in Africa.
The course was attended by 75 participants from 26 African countries. Participants included national EPI managers, healthcare workers and basic scientists involved in vaccination programmes and/or vaccinology research in the African Region.
The course was facilitated by 32 faculty members (national and international) 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: "Vaccination schedules: past, present and future" and "Global vaccination initiatives and their collaboration with national immunisation programmes".