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Event: Getting the Balance Right, Global Immunisation Vision & Strategy

Briefing to the 64th World Health Assembly delegations
Wednesday 18 May 2011, 17:30- 19:30
Room IX, Palais des Nations

The Global Immunisation Vision & Strategy (GIVS): Getting the Balance Right 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 immunisation 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?

Agenda

Moderators: Dr. Stefan Seebacher, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies & Dr. Dominique Legros, Consultant in International Public Health

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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 Annah 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. Annah W. Wamae; Johannes Everts, Global Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization

Summary: MSF summary of the 64th WHA proceedings on GIVS, 19 - 20 May