South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC)
Audience: health officials, health-care workers, scientists, academics the vaccine industry and the general public.
The South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) was established in 2003 as a network of partners in the field of vaccination, immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases, and is an academic-public alliance between the University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, and the University of Antwerp, Belgium, with the South African Department of Health.
The vision of SAVIC is to improve the health of future generations by strengthening immunisation programmes and services. In order to achieve this, SAVIC advocates improved education and training in the fields of vaccination, immunisation programmes and services, and the dissemination of information on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), nationally and abroad.
The SAVIC website aims to be a prime source of information for promoting awareness of vaccine-preventable diseases, supporting local and regional immunisation initiatives and promoting the use and benefits of vaccines. The website contains mainly information about the South African Expanded Programme on Immunisation and other VPDs. Resources include the South African Vaccinator’s Manual and WHO publications such as the Global Immunisation Vision and Strategy (GIVS) and documents on vaccine safety. Articles on studies conducted on VPDs with specific reference to South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa can be found in the reports and publications section.
The website is updated on a monthly basis with relevant published articles, whilst the pages on diseases and vaccines are updated when necessary.
Date of primary evaluation: February 2007
Date of most recent evaluation: July 2010