The Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI) was officially launched on 1 September 2002.
The Executive Secretariat of NESI is hosted at the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Antwerp in Belgium.
NESI was built on the experience of the International Network for Eastern and Southern Africa on hepatitis B vaccination, which was established in 1999 by five universities in Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Ministries of Health (MoH) in Africa and the University of Antwerp. The purpose of this network was to translate research on hepatitis B through capacity building and advocacy into universal access to hepatitis B vaccination in the partner countries.
With the development of new vaccines and increased commitment by development partners and private sector initiatives to strengthen vaccine supply and immunisation services, there are more opportunities to prevent more diseases in more people. This led to the establishment of NESI, which is an international multidisciplinary network with the mission to strengthen immunisation programmes, in particular in low- and middle-income countries.