NESI has been active in building capacity in immunisation for the Southern African sub-region since 2005 through annual vaccinology courses with the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, as local organiser. The 8th African vaccinology course was organised in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 7 November 2012, and was hosted by the Vaccine for Africa Initiative (VACFA), based at UCT's Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine.
The main objective of the course was to build sustainable research capacity to develop vaccines and/or conduct quality standard phase 1 to phase 4 vaccine clinical trials. The course also aimed to provide participants with the necessary expertise to support public vaccination programmes.
The course was attended by 45 participants with the following profile: EPI managers and staff, medical doctors, nurses, public health specialists, academics and scientists working in the field of vaccinology.
NESI gave lectures on the following topics: Vaccination schedules; Hepatitis vaccines; GIVS and the Decade of Vaccines. NESI was also part of the "meet the experts" session, a session that allowed for questions and discussions.