Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to the Commission, the general objective of the conference is to secure the commitment of governments and their partners to reach and sustain the required immunization quality and coverage as stipulated in the Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization 2014-2020.

The plan seeks to eradicate, eliminate and control vaccine preventable diseases in the overall context of health system strengthening in Africa.

Participants of the ministerial conference are expected to agree on key inter-sectoral actions necessary to improve the quality and achieve higher level coverage of immunization interventions in line with the RSPI accountability framework.

Other objectives include achieving consensus on ways and means of empowering communities to demand immunization as their fundamental human right; agreement on actions required from governments and partners to adequately fund immunization services from national resources; and advocating for high-level support on vaccine supply and availability in Africa including vaccine production in the context of the Africa Manufacturing Plan initiative.

Speakers at the one-day conference include Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, and AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Mustapha S. Kaloko.
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23 february 2016 18:04:43




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