In-service training 2020
GHD/EMPHNET and NESI Meeting, Amman, Jordan
NESI signed a Collaboration Agreement with Global Health Development (GHD)/ Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) on 14th January 2020 in Amman, Jordan. NESI was invited for a two days meeting by GHD/EMPHNET.
In the meeting both the organisations gave a brief introduction on their work, targeted regions/countries and planned activities. During the meeting, potential areas of collaboration were discussed. Previous reports had illustrated that there are gaps in access to vaccinology course in the EMRO region and it was mutually agreed to increase the capacity on vaccinology trainings and strengthen the immunisation programs in the EMRO region through operational research, education and training as well as through technical support at all the levels of health system hierarchy.
Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master Degree “Leading International Vaccinology Education” (LIVE), Lyon, France
Lyon, France, 23 September 2020
The Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master Degree “Leading International Vaccinology Education” (LIVE) was launched September 2016. LIVE is a two years Master’s programme between five European universities: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France (coordinating university); Universtat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; University of Antwerp, Belgium; Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France. The programme is supported by a worldwide network of 31 international associated partners and 16 supporting partners. NESI is supporting partner to the LIVE programme.
A total of 25 students are currently enrolled in the fourth LIVE promotion, called the “Maurice Hilleman” Master LIVE Promotion 2019-21.
NESI was invited to give a lecture on 23 September 2020 at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, during the third semester of the LIVE programme in the session on “Communication on vaccines and public health”. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture was delivered online. Topics presented included: History and rationale of vaccination schedules; role of the NITAGs; and GVAP goals.
From the third LIVE promotion, the “Lady Mary Montagu” Master LIVE Promotion 2018-20, one student successfully completed her 6-months internship with NESI. Her research focused on “Assessing confidence in measles vaccination in Wakiso District, Uganda: Comparison of two data collection tools”.
ECAVI Vaccinology Course, Kampala, Uganda
Kampala, Uganda, 19 to 23 October 2020
The vaccinology course for health professionals was organised by the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI) from 19 to 22 October 2020 in Kampala, Uganda. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was delivered in a hybrid format.
The aim of the vaccinology course was to equip healthcare professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills on vaccines and immunisation in order to enable them deal with current and emerging challenges related to the immunisation programme.
The format of the course included: formal lectures; case studies; debate and discussion; and presentations by participants.
Upon completion of the course, participants were able to:
- Understand the concept and principles of vaccination
- Describe how vaccines work and their side effects
- Describe indications, contraindications, efficacy, and safety of vaccines according to WHO criteria
- Identify, manage and report adverse events following immunizations
- Identify ways to improve communication with patients, parents, and caregivers about vaccination
- Identify best practices for implementing or improving immunization programs
- Understand how to link and partner with other stakeholders involved in vaccination and immunization
- Champion and advocate for uptake and promotion of immunization
A total of 20 participants attended the course in-person in Kampala, while an additional 40 participants attended online. The participants came from the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
NESI was invited by ECAVI to chair 3 sessions and to give the following lectures: (1) Overview of vaccine-preventable diseases and their epidemiology; (2) Human Papillomavirus vaccines. NESI participated online in the course.
16th Annual African Vaccinology Course, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa, 30 November to 4 December 2020
The 16th Annual African Vaccinology Course was organised by the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA), University of Cape Town, from 30 November to 4 December 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was organized in a hybrid format, offering both face-to-face and online participation and facilitation.
The objectives of the course included:
- Provide participants with essential and up-to-date knowledge on human vaccines
- Encourage dialogues about the successes, challenges and opportunities to improve national immunisation programmes in Africa
- Provide a forum for NITAG members to share country-specific immunisation policy-making experiences and identify areas for collaboration and technical capacity development
- Foster communication and networking among African vaccinologists
Keynote lectures on issues around COVID-19 vaccine development and accessibility within the African context were delivered by internationally recognized experts.
A total of 34 participants attended the course in-person in Cape Town, while 50 participants attended the course virtually. Participants had diverse backgrounds and came from 12 African countries.
The course was facilitated by 38 faculty members (national and international), all experts in the field of vaccinology coming from academia, government, non-governmental institutions and pharmaceutical industry.
NESI was invited by VACFA to give a lecture on “HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic”. NESI participated virtually in the course.
Make a donation now
By supporting NESI you are contributing to “Saving lives through immunisation”.