Enhancing capacity of professionals and academics for vaccines and immunization in Africa : the 3rd Regional Vaccinology Course for Francophone Countries, Mbour, Senegal, 12th-19thseptember 2015
Melanga Anya, Blanche-Philomene
Dicky Akanmori, Bartholomew
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Annals of vaccines and immunization
, p. 1-4
University of Antwerp
The Regional Office for Africa of the World Health Organization organized the third Regional Vaccinology Course for Francophone Countries from 12-19 September 2015, in Mbour, Senegal. The course covered basic immunology and epidemiology, vaccine development, clinical trials, manufacture and quality control, norms and standards, licensure, WHO prequalification, vaccine logistics, introduction of vaccines, vaccine pharmacovigilance and vaccines against Ebola Virus disease, malaria and tuberculosis. Modules were taught by experts from WHO, UNICEF, Stellenbosch University, and the Network for Education and Support in Immunization (NESI) of the University of Antwerp. Each module concluded with an assignment conducted by small groups of participants, based on key elements of the course, to qualitatively evaluate the participant performance in groups and to ensure that the course objectives were met. A summary, highlighting discussions and relevance to enhancing the capacity of professionals for vaccines and immunization in Africa is presented. Participants recommended continued WHO and partner technical and financial support, dissemination of the revised pre-service prototype curriculum for the Expanded Programmed of Immunization, and support for implementation research.