Globally, universities have an important responsibility and role in supporting their respective ministries of health in the prevention and control of VPDs, since they are responsible for research, education and training of healthcare workers (HCWs). The South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) was established in 2003 at the Medical University of Southern Africa (now the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University [SMU]), as a network of partners in the field of vaccination and immunisation with the overall aim of supporting immunisation services. SAVIC is a Public-Private Academic Alliance between the National Department of Health (NDoH), the vaccine industry, academic institutions and other stakeholders. SAVIC’s activities are undertaken in close collaboration with the NDoH and the WHO, thereby ensuring that all training of HCWs follows national and WHO guidelines. Since its inception SAVIC has worked very closely with the Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI), based at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and since January 2012, SAVIC has functioned as a NESI focal office for the southern African region.
Since 2018 SAVIC has also worked very closely with the East Africa Centre for Vaccines and Immunization (ECAVI), based at the Makerere University, Uganda, and Egerton University, Kenya. Although there are a number of players in the field of vaccines and immunisation, SAVIC has a unique aim of strengthening immunisation programmes by bridging the gap through the 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 (PDoH), the vaccine industry, non-governmental organisations and Public/Private Partnerships interact in a joint effort to improve public health programmes concerning VPDs. The strategic operational areas of SAVIC include Education and Training, Research, and Technical Support, Advocacy and Community Outreach.
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