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Networking & Advocacy Activities 2018

12th Vaccine Congress, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary, 16 to 19 September 2018

The 12th Vaccine Congress was organised by Elsevier from 16 to 19 September 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. The Vaccine Congress is complimentary to the journal Vaccine, a leading journal for scientists interested in vaccinology.

The Congress was attended by over 250 participants from academia, research institutions, ministries of health and industry. In addition to the plenary sessions, break-out and poster sessions, a workshop was organized on “Author/Reviewer/Grant writing”.

There was also an opportunity to meet the editors of the journal Vaccine for a speed review of draft papers.

Poster presentations: 

  • Razwiedani LL, Nkwinika VV, Dochez C, De Schryver A, Burnett RJ. Should South African healthcare workers be screened for immunity before hepatitis B vaccination? Evidence from Gauteng Province.
  • Burnett RJ, Mmoledi G, Ngcobo NJ, Dochez C, Seheri LM, Mphahlele MJ. Vaccine refusal may play only a very minor role in sub-optimal vaccination coverage in a hospital-based study in Gauteng Province, South Africa.


Meeting of the Vaccine Safety Net, Veyrier-du-Lac, France
Veyrier-du-Lac, France, 4 to 5 June 2018

The Meeting of the Vaccine Safety Net (VSN) was organised in Veyrier-du-Lac, France, from 4 to 5 June 2018. In view of the anticipated WHO accreditation of the NESI website, NESI was invited to remotely attend the Meeting through WebEx. 

The objectives of the meeting included:

  • Review strategies to address internet users’ information needs to enhance websites’ content, structure and features;
  • Discuss vaccine safety information and communication on social media;
  • Discuss how and when to address controversies and vaccine hesitancy in the digital sphere;
  • Think outside the box and have a cutting-edge dialogue for new ideas to build and sustain confidence in vaccines using the web.

The meeting was attended by VSN members, VSN advisory group, VSN web analytics team, partners and stakeholders, WHO and VSN secretariat. Around 90 participants attended the meeting, including those that connected remotely.

Participants shared their experiences, challenges and best practices for improving vaccine safety information and communication on websites and social media.

6th Padjadjaran International Nursing Conference, Bandung, Indonesia
Bandung, Indonesia, 23 to 24 May 2018
The Faculty of Nursing of the University of Padjadjaran organised the 6th Padjadjaran International Nursing Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, from 23 to 24 May 2018.

The theme of the conference was “The role of nursing in advancing quality of care through application of conceptual models in areas of nursing practices and health practice”. The conference format included plenary sessions, workshops, and concurrent oral presentations and poster sessions, presenting a total of 205 research articles. Conference participants came from: USA, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, England, Japan, Oman, Belgium and Indonesia.

NESI was invited by the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing to attend the conference and to jointly present the results of the NESI-UNPAD study: Mediani HS, Beels D, Mathieu T, Feenstra E, Dochez C. Evaluation of the immunisation education in nursing and midwifery training institutions in Indonesia – recommendations for strengthening.

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts meetings, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland, 17 to 18 April 2018 and 23 to 25 October 2018
The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meetings were organised by WHO from 17 to 18 April 2018, and from 23 to 25 October 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. SAGE advises WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine research and development, to delivery of immunisation services and linking immunisation with other health interventions. SAGE usually meets twice a year and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO.
SAGE is an excellent opportunity for NESI to network but also for understanding the rationale supporting WHO’s recommendations on vaccines and immunisation. These evidence-based arguments can immediately be incorporated in NESI’s education and training activities enriching discussions with the most up-to-date information, especially relevant for vaccinology courses and workshops focusing on new vaccine introduction.
6th SOMIPEV Symposium, Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco, 6 to 8 April 2018
NESI was invited by SOMIPEV to attend the 6th SOMIPEV symposium, which was organised back-to-back with the HPV vaccine round table, from 6 to 8 April 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.

The symposium addressed the following topics: antibiotic treatment; osteo-articular infections; vaccinology; nutrition; travel vaccines for children; and update on meningitis and antibiotic resistance in Morocco.

The majority of participants were from Morocco, but SOMIPEV also aims to strengthen South-South collaboration. As such, delegates from Algeria, Djibouti, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia also attended the symposium.

Last updated: Jun 4, 2021
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