|Published in: 05 March 2018|
Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective and successful public health interventions in the history of mankind. Since it was launched in 1995, the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of South Africa (EPI-SA) has closely followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, and currently provides free immunisation against 11 vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). As new vaccines become available and are recommended by the WHO, countries face many challenges in introducing these vaccines into their existing immunisation programmes and South Africa is no exception.
SAVIC has a unique aim of strengthening immunisation programmes by bridging the gap through cascading of up-to-date vaccine-related information to the community and operational-level staff with various innovative outreach programmes. Thus, SAVIC creates a platform whereby experts from universities, the NDoH and provincial departments of health, the vaccine industry, non-governmental organisations and Public/Private Partnerships interact in a joint effort to improve public health programmes concerning VPDs.