Séminaire de mise à jour sur l'introduction de nouveaux vaccins dans les programmes nationaux de vaccination
The seminar was jointly organised by the Faculty of Medicine, Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, and the Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI), in Marrakech, Morocco, from 27 to 28 March 2012.
The seminar was intended for Francophone countries from Northern Africa/Middle East: Algeria, Lebanon, Mauretania, Morocco, Tunisia. Vaccine preventable diseases are still a major concern in these countries and the introduction and widespread use of new and under-utilized vaccines can contribute significantly to achieving MDG 4 of reducing the under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015, compared to 1990.
The objectives of the seminar included: (1) to provide participants with the latest updates on routine immunisation, under-utilised and new vaccines; (2) to emphasise the importance of capacity building activities in the area of vaccines and immunisation; (3) to discuss the essential factors in the decision making process for new vaccine introduction; (4) to discuss the financial challenges and programmatic aspects of new vaccine introduction; and (5) to discuss the challenges for the management of vaccination programmes, in particular the adaptation of vaccination schedules/calendars.
A total of 44 participants with following profile attended the meeting: EPI managers and other EPI staff, academics, paediatricians, clinicians and NITAG members.
Speakers included national and international vaccinology experts from universities, Ministries of Health, WHO and NESI.
The seminar was well appreciated by the participants [evaluation scores: excellent (58%); very good (36%); good (6%); mediocre (0%); unsatisfactory (0%)] and created lively discussions and exchange of experience among experts of the different countries present. A request was made to organise such a seminar on new vaccine introduction on an annual basis.