[Ip-health] MSF and IFRC: World Health Assembly Side Event:The Global Immunization Strategy - Getting the Balance Right

Joanna Keenan joanna.l.keenan at gmail.com
Mon May 16 02:55:05 PDT 2011

World Health Assembly Side Event, Co-Sponsored by MSF and IFRC

The Global Immunization Strategy (GIVS): Getting the Balance Right
Briefing to the 64th World Health Assembly delegations

Wednesday 18 May 2011, 17:30- 19:30

Room IX, Palais des Nations

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) would like to call
the World Health Assembly delegates’ attention to the need for a more
balanced approach to global immunization strategies.  While significant
attention is focused on the introduction of new vaccines in low-income
countries, recent and persistent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases
also illustrate the need for strengthening routine immunisation and
improving outbreak response capabilities of eradication and elimination
initiatives.  How can the Global Immunisation Vision and Strategy get the
balance right between the many global vaccine priorities?



*Dr. Stefan Seebacher**, International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies *

*Dr. Dominique Legros, Consultant in International Public Health*

• Introduction: *Striking the right balance: how do we strengthen and better
coordinate different global vaccine priorities? *

• Measles Outbreaks: Insights from recent experience in Malawi and
Democratic Republic of Congo—*Rebecca Grais, Ph.D, Epicentre *

• National Introduction of a New Vaccine: Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) in
Kenya—*Dr Anna W. Wamae, Kenyan Ministry of Health *

• Debate Panel: Global and Country Challenges to Extending the Benefits of
Immunisation to All—*Panel Members: Rebecca Grais; Dr. Anna W. Wamae;
Johannes Everts, Global Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health

*Questions will be posed by the moderator to panel members and meeting
participants; questions and comments will also be taken from the audience*

• Closing Words

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*Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) traditionally vaccinates as outbreak
response—we are currently addressing measles outbreaks in nine African
countries, and since September 2010, MSF has vaccinated over 2.5 million
people against measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.  Preventative
vaccination efforts by MSF are also increasing—MSF assisted in the
introduction of the new Meningitis A vaccine in some African Meningitis Belt
countries last year, and now vaccinates children with pneumococcal conjugate
vaccine in our Kenya programs.*

*The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
supported almost 30 vaccination campaigns in countries throughout Asia and
Africa and reached over 4.5 million people with vaccination messages in
2010.  In response to the earthquake in Haiti, more than 152,000 people were
vaccinated against measles, diphtheria and rubella directly by Red Cross/Red
Crescent (RC/RC) emergency response units.  Additionally, the RC/RC provided
funding to the nationwide vaccination campaign that reached some 928,000

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