Regional Workshop on Surveillance For New Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
30 November - 2 December 2011 - Manila, Philippines
A rapidly increasing number of effective and safe vaccines are available to countries and have the potential to greatly reduce morbidity and mortality among their populations. To support informed decision-making for introduction of these new vaccines and to establish systems for monitoring vaccine impact, WHO supports countries to establish and strengthen surveillance for diseases targeted by these vaccines. To ensure effective introduction of new vaccines, WHO also supports countries in developing comprehensive multi-year plans for immunization programmes.
The regional workshop is being convened to review progress in implementing rotavirus and invasive bacterial vaccine-preventable disease (IB-VPD) surveillance, to share best practices and to develop action plans to strengthen the quality of new vaccine-preventable disease surveillance. In parallel sessions, participants will share experiences with the multi-year planning process and develop action plans to strengthen this process.
- provide technical updates on new VPD surveillance and review findings from the global and regional rotavirus and IB-VPD surveillance networks;
- share country experiences, challenges, and lessons learnt in implementing rotavirus and IBVPD surveillance, and to develop recommendations and short- and medium-term action plans to improve the quality of rotavirus and IB-VPD surveillance;
- to review and share among countries experiences, lessons learnt and good practices in developing and implementing multi-year plans for national immunization programmes; and
- develop recommendations and short- and medium-term action plans to further strengthen national immunization programmes by developing and implementing multi-year plans.