PAHO: Decade of Vaccines regional consultation planned

    PAHO said a regional consultation will be held with the countries of the Hemisphere from November to December 2011 to discuss the plan of action for the Decade of Vaccines. The announcement was part of a meeting arranged by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) with representatives of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and eight countries of the Hemisphere in Buenos Aires during the XIX Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Vaccine-preventable Diseases. The objective of this meeting, held on 8 July, was “to share ideas to ensure that the strategies and lines of action for the Decade of Vaccines respond to the challenges facing national immunization programs in the Americas.” In the consultation programmed for late 2011, the goal will be to “include the heads of immunization programs, the people in charge of epidemiological surveillance, and the chairs and members of national immunization advisory committees.” Christopher Elias, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration, “highlighted the efforts and achievements of immunization programs in the Americas, making special reference to the PAHO/WHO Revolving Fund, a group procurement mechanism for the purchase of vaccines, syringes, and related supplies for the Organization’s Member States.