Volume 31, Issue 37, Pages 3763-4054 (20 August 2013)
Enhancing access to immunization services and exploiting the benefits of recent innovations in the African region
J.C. Okeibunor, B.D. Akanmori, G.M. Balcha, R. Mihigo, R.M. Vaz, D. Nshimirimana
The African Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO AFRO) organized the annual regional conference on immunization (ARCI) from 10 to 12 December 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme, “Innovations, access and the right of all to vaccines”. The meeting reviewed the status of immunization in the region and identified all innovations, strategies and technologies available and how these could be fully utilized to enhance the access and the rights of all to vaccines. Over 50 oral presentations were made in plenary and parallel sessions of the conference which was attended by over 200 participants drawn from national immunization programs, academia, public health experts and immunization partners. In addition there were 40 poster presentations. This manuscript summarizes of the meeting, highlighting the innovations in immunization being piloted or scaled-up, their impact and suggesting ways to further improve immunization service delivery for the eradication, elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the region.