Side Event Information


Building next-generation immunization supply chains to close the immunization gap

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Achieving universal immunization coverage will require strong, agile and cost-effective supply chains to ensure equitable access to vaccines and other health commodities. Recent Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessments have found that immunization supply chains are functioning sub-optimally in nearly all developing countries, but particularly in Africa. In 2014, the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) endorsed a Call to Action asking national governments, implementing partners, and civil society organisations to increase ongoing investments in immunization supply chains.

The lunch-time session “Building next-generation immunization supply chains to close the immunization gap” will highlight the work that several African countries are doing today to strengthen their supply chains and improve immunization coverage and equity.

The side event is co-hosted by WHO, UNICEF, PATH, John Snow Inc, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Date/Time: 25 February, 13:00 - 14:00

Location: Tent adjacent to AU meeting facility

Language: Simultaneous translation will be provided

Lunch will be served


The Meningitis Vaccine Project Closure Conference

Ending and New Beginnings

A satellite meeting of the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa

Find background information and a draft agenda here.

The Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), a partnership between PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO) was launched in June 2001 and formally ended in December 2014. The goal of MVP was to eliminate epidemic meningitis as a public health problem in subSaharan Africa through the development, testing, licensure, and widespread introduction of meningococcal conjugate vaccines. The conference will take place on 22-23 February 2016 at the Addis Ababa Sheraton hotel, as a pre-satellite meeting to the Pan African Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa taking place on 24-25 February at the African Union Commission (AUC). All MVP partners and representatives of the 26 countries of the meningitis belt are invited to both the MVP Closure Conference and the Ministerial Conference.


Civil Society Organization (CSO) Side Event at the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa

Civil society: promoting equity & holding governments accountable

  • When: 23 February. There will be a closed session (invite-only) from 9am-2pm and an open session (all participants attending the main conference are welcome) from 2-5pm.

  • Where: Harmony Hotel (room TBC)

  • What: The meeting will provide an opportunity for CSOs to discuss their role in holding governments accountable to improve vaccine access and coverage in Africa in line with the Global Vaccine Action Plan, review current and best practices in community-level immunization advocacy and outreach work and identify ways CSOs can best work together following the conference. The open session of the meeting will also provide a forum for a broader health and development audience to join the conversation and provide their perspective on CSO engagement and advocacy with governments and other stakeholders in immunization efforts. The meeting will be structured through panel sessions and small group discussions. Key conclusions from the meeting, as well as a CSO Declaration on immunization, will be presented at the main Ministerial Conference.

Side Forum of Eminent African Traditional and Religious Leaders and Scholars

Please note this a closed event.

International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) plans to convene 30 - 40 eminent Muslim and Christian religious scholars and traditional leaders at a side forum of the 1st Ministerial & Stakeholders Conference on Immunization in Africa. The general objective of the Side Forum of Eminent African Traditional and Religious Leaders and Scholars will be to secure adoption of the Dakar Declaration by additional traditional and religious leaders and scholars. 

The Dakar Declaration on Vaccination is a key convention adopted by traditional and religious scholars and leaders for supporting immunization efforts across Africa in religious and cultural sensitive areas. It provides a call to action, encouraging participants to engage actively in strategizing solutions for how to improve vaccination in their communities.

Specific Objectives

  • To further identify strategies to increase vaccine acceptance by communities within the sphere of influence of traditional and religious scholars and leaders in attendance.
  • To further develop and enhance the capacities and capabilities of traditional and religious leaders for becoming actively engaged advocates of immunization and stimulate communities’ demand for vaccines and immunization coverage against infectious diseases.
  • To develop coordinated messaging and visible solidarity between governments and traditional and religious scholars and leaders on immunization.
  • To further support endeavors which foster country ownership and which advocate for sustainable immunization demand creation at the community level.
  • To dispel fears of vaccine safety with common misconceptions and provide concrete, concise facts about the composition of vaccines and their production and distribution.

Side forum participants are senior religious scholars and leaders working in various organizations, including interfaith/inter-religious councils, federal Shar’iah courts, and Pan-African and national religious bodies.