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First Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa
February 23, 2016 - February 25, 2016
On February 24 and 25th, WHO, the African Union, and other partners will host the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa (MCIA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference will convene African leaders, including health and finance ministers and agency heads, advocates, technical experts, policymakers, donors, and journalists to examine how to drive forward immunization throughout Africa and to secure commitments to ensuring every child is fully immunized.
JSI president Joel Lamstein and several JSI immunization technical advisors and field staff will participate in the historic two-day conference. Lamstein recently blogged for the Huffington Post on the theme of the conference. Read “Powering Programs with the Right Vaccines to the Right Place at the Right Time.”
JSI is also co-sponsoring two side events:
Civil Society Organization (CSO) Side Event, Tuesday, February 23, 9am-5pm, Harmony Hotel
CSOs will discuss their role holding governments accountable for improving vaccine access and coverage in Africa in line with the Global Vaccine Action Plan and review best practices in community-level immunization advocacy and outreach work. Key conclusions from the meeting, as well as a CSO declaration on immunization, will be presented at the larger conference.
Building Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chains to Close the Immunization Gap, Thursday, February 25, 1pm-2pm, African Union
This session will highlight the work of several African countries to strengthen supply chains and improve immunization coverage and equity.
• Five Essential Readings Ahead of MCIA
• What works: Equitable access to routine immunization and integrated child survival interventions
• Next-generation immunization supply chains are needed to improve health outcomes
• Next Generation Supply Chains: A Dialogue with EPI and Child Health Managers