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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Okeibunor J.C.,Immunization and Vaccines Development Cluster | Akanmori B.D.,Immunization and Vaccines Development Cluster | Balcha G.M.,Immunization and Vaccines Development Cluster | Mihigo R.,Immunization and Vaccines Development Cluster | And 2 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2013

The African Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO AFRO) organized the annual regionalconference on immunization (ARCI) from 10 to 12 December 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, underthe 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 andhow these could be fully utilized to enhance the access and the rights of all to vaccines. Over 50 oralpresentations were made in plenary and parallel sessions of the conference which was attended byover 200 participants drawn from national immunization programs, academia, public health experts andimmunization partners. In addition there were 40 poster presentations. This manuscript summarizes ofthe 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 andcontrol of vaccine-preventable diseases in the region. © 2013.

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