In-service training 2021
7th ECAVI Vaccinology Course, Kampala, Uganda
Kampala, Uganda, 21 to 25 June 2021
The vaccinology course for health professionals was organised by the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI) from 21 to 25 June 2021 in Kampala, Uganda. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was delivered online.
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 107 participants attended the course online. The participants came from the following 13 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, Malaysia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan.
NESI was invited by ECAVI to chair 2 sessions and to give the following lectures: (1) Overview of vaccine-preventable diseases and their epidemiology; (2) Human Papillomavirus vaccines.