(October) “New Vaccines to Save More Lives” - Scientific Symposium in Haiti Examines the Qualities and Impact of New Vaccines in the Reduction of Child Morbidity and Mortality in the Context of the Introduction of The Dtp-Hib-Hep B Pentavalent Vaccine
Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a successful symposium in Haiti entitled, "Introduction of New Vaccines in Haiti’s Immunization Programme."
Nine well-known global experts arrived in Port-au-Prince to share information and scientific evidence on new vac-cines. The topics discussed by experts were: the introduction of new vaccines in the Americas; current state of im-munization in Haiti; global control of Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib); introduction and lessons learned from the rotavirus vaccine; introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; cervical cancer and the human papilloma-virus vaccine (HPV); and lastly, the oral cholera vaccine.
With more than 250 health professionals in attendance, Dr Guilaine Raymond, Director-General of Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population; Dr Jon Andrus, PAHO’s Deputy Director; and Dr Jordan Tappero, CDC Director, recommended the urgent need to reinvigorate the National Immunization Programme in order to have a modern and efficient programme, capable of impacting the health of the child population of Haiti.
The symposium is part of an extensive process to strengthen the National Programme whose first milestone includ-ed the successful vaccination of more than 2.7 million children against measles, rubella, and polio earlier this year. The next step is the introduction of the pentavalent vaccine – using support from the GAVI Alliance – at the nation-al level in the coming days.
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, October 2012.