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.

Activities Undertaken: Technical support given by SAVIC members
  • TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course. Institute for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin, Germany, 13–22 January 2015
  • Integrated measles, polio, deworming, vitamin A and measuring mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) 2016 campaign planning meeting. Department of Health, Pretoria, 4 November 2015
  • Global switch from trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent OPV (bOPV) Planning Meeting. National Department of Health, Pretoria, 9 November 2015
Advocacy
  • Keynote, plenary, guest speaker and workshop addresses by SAVIC members
  • Contributions to non-peer reviewed journals and national media
Capacity building of SAVIC members
  • 12th Vaccinology Congress 2015. Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, 18–20 October 2015

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.

National Institutions

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of South Africa
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • NICD
  • University of Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of the Free State
  • University of Limpopo
  • Limpopo Nursing Colleges: Sovenga and Thohoyandou
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal National organisations
  • NDoH
  • Provincial Departments of Health
  • South African Military Health Services
  • South African Nursing Council
  • The Democratic Nursing Association of South Africa

Regional and international partners

WHO, UNICEF and NESI at the University of Antwerp, Belgium