Injection safety

Past SIGN meetings



The initial SIGN meeting lead to the creation of the network, the endorsement of its terms of references and to the set up of a common strategic framework.



During the second SIGN meeting, various progress and challenges were reviewed, including the role of the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) in supporting immunization injection safety.



The SIGN meeting in 2001 was held back-to-back with the TechNet meeting on strengthening immunization services management. Synergies between immunization and injection safety programmes were discussed extensively.



The SIGN meeting in 2002 was held back-to-back with a meeting of the essential drug programme managers of the Western Pacific Region. It placed a special focus on reviewing country progress towards national safe and appropriate use of injection policies and on synergies with national essential medicines policies.



Group picture meeting Nairobi 2003

The SIGN Meeting 2003 was held in September 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya, back to back with the international conference on HIV AIDS in Africa. It focused on better coordination of injection safety programmes with national programmes for the prevention and control of HIV AIDS.



Cape Town Harbour

The SIGN Meeting 2004 was held in October 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa. Main topics addressed during this meeting were innovative approaches to injection safety and infection control, how interventions could be scaled up to ensure the appropriate use of injections, ways to ensure health care workers safety and the broadening of injection safety activities to broader infection control issues.



- SIGN 2005

The 2005 SIGN meeting was held in Hanoi VietNam 14 to 16 November 2005. Main points discussed were progress of the various injection safety projects in Asia as well as progress of the health care worker protection including the three WHO needle-stick prevention projects.



- SIGN 2006

The annual SIGN Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico.

The 2006 annual SIGN meeting was held in Mexico City, Mexico, 23 to 25 October 2006, back-to-back with the TechNet meeting on strengthening immunization services management. During the meetying the new WHO Standard Precautions for Injection Safety was presented as well as the revised Injection Safety assessment tool whose scope was expanded to include intravenous injections, phlebotomies and lancets.