Global Immunization Meeting
Geneva, 1-3 February 2010
The fifth joint WHO-UNICEF-GAVI Global Immunization Meeting was held in Geneva, with the purpose of providing a technical update to WHO and UNICEF Regional and country staff as well as immunization partners.
Such a technical update was needed to give all involved in immunization a common understanding of the current status and near future plans in the immunization world, particularly after in the current context of the rapid expansion of available vaccines and the financial crisis the world is facing.
The meeting followed the basic structure in Global Immunization Vision and Strategies (GIVS):
- how to the improve routine vaccination and support to the accelerated disease control initiatives;
- introducing new vaccines, including an update on the Hib Initiative and the status of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines;
- experiences in integration of EPI with other programmes (including malaria interventions); and
- issues of global interdependence including vaccine supply and the pandemic influenza vaccines.
In this year's event, some of the key topics were:
- Global Update on the 2010 GIVS Goals, progress in child survival and countdown to the MDGs.
- Key factors to achieve MDG#4: Why some countries will succeed and other's will not?
- Epidemiology of the unvaccinated child.
- Engaging the private sector to support and implement national immunization programmes?
- Update on New Vaccine Introduction and the Vaccine Pipeline.
- Vaccines and Supply Chains - Keeping ahead of evolving challenges.
- Rwanda pneumococcal vaccine introduction and Global Action Plan for Pneumonia (GAPP).
- HPV Vaccination: EURO 18 country survey results in the context of Comprehensive Package for Cervical Cancer Prevention & Control.
- Angels or Demons: Communication about immunization safety.
- Financial Sustainability of Immunization Programmes - Panel Discussion.
- "Getting More Health for the Money": Establishing a joint health systems funding platform between GFATM, GAVI and the World Bank.