The vaccinology course for health professionals was organised by the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI) from 25 to 29 July 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.
The aim of the vaccinology course is to equip healthcare professionals with up-to-date knowledge, skills and expertise on vaccines and immunisation in order to enable them to deal with current and emerging challenges related to immunisation programmes.
The course was delivered through the following methods: formal lectures; case studies; debate and discussion; practical demonstration sessions; and presentations by participants.
Upon completion of the course, participants were able to:
- Understand the concepts and principles of vaccination
- Describe new vaccines
- Describe indications, contraindications, efficacy and safety of vaccines according to WHO criteria
- Identify, manage and report adverse events following immunisation
- Identify ways to improve communication with the patients, parents and caregivers
- Identify best practices for implementing and improving immunisation programmes
- Champion and advocate for update and promotion of immunisation
The course was attended by 45 delegates, the majority of participants were from Uganda, but participants from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanwania also attended the course.
NESI assisted with content development of the course and gave 4 lectures: Overview of vaccine-preventable diseases and their epidemiology; Basic immunology of vaccines; Hepatitis vaccines; and Yellow fever vaccines. NESI also participated in the Question and Answer session.