The main objective for this strategic goal is to allow rapid dissemination of up-to-date information on vaccines and immunisation issues originating at global, regional and national levels, to HCWs working within EPI-SA. In order to achieve this, SAVIC has, since its inception, embarked on numerous networking activities that advocate for strengthening immunisation services in South Africa and in this way has expanded its partnerships locally and abroad. SAVIC is a faculty member of vaccinology courses and workshops regionally and internationally, and provides technical expertise in various meetings and events.
In order to remain at the cutting-edge of developments within the field of vaccinology, SAVIC members themselves attend advanced courses, conferences and workshops every year.
Furthermore, SAVIC members are active players in disseminating correct information on the risks and benefits of vaccines to communities and countering anti-vaccination messages, through targeted national radio stations, newspapers, magazines, and electronic social media.
Ongoing SAVIC network
SAVIC maintains a network of partners at national, regional and global levels. We have successfully collaborated with a number of South African universities and interacted with stakeholders such as the NDoH, WHO and the South African Nursing Council. Regional and international networking, including participation in national, regional and international meetings, were also achieved.
Regional and international partners
WHO, UNICEF and NESI at the University of Antwerp, Belgium