Bangkok, 11-13 December 2012. A regional consultation was conducted to review the criteria that are used to introduce new and under-utilized vaccines (NUVI) into national immunization programmes in the region. In 2009, a vaccine prioritization meeting took place where NUVI were categorized into groups for guiding countries. The consultation in this meeting took the experience and lessons learned to develop algorithms to enhance the decision making process
1 February 2013 - In an updated position paper, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record today, WHO recommends the use of rotavirus vaccines in all national immunization programmes, particularly in south and south-eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
This panel session highlighted efforts being made in SEA countries to implement intensification of routine immunization activities for reaching more children with immunization services. As more countries are now introducing new and underutilized vaccines, the session discussed progress and challenges for countries to address issues around mobile population, access, shortage of workforce, community mobilization. Panelists showcased how GAVI and other partners, including WHO and UNICEF, are supporting countries to address some of these issues.
The Regional Review Meeting on Immunization combined the annual EPI Managers meeting with an overall review of progress on Intensification of Routine Immunization in the Region. Participants from all Member States, UNICEF, and development and technical partners took part in the discussions and provided feedback on progress and challenges facing countries.