Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: 8-9 November 2012 Participants: Eighteen experts from four Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Australian HPV vaccination programme and cancer registry, WHO and PAHO contributed to this consultation.
Purpose: To examine the report of a 2009 World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on a similar subject; share existing country plans and experiences; identify national capacities and opportunities for the surveillance of HPV-related diseases and HPV diagnostics; and outline the necessary steps toward the completion of a Regional proposal.
Details: From 8–9 November 2012, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened an expert consultation for the development of a Regional framework for coverage monitoring and impact evaluation of HPV vaccination in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The consultation was hosted by the Malbran Institute, Argentina’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases, and responded to a request made by the Regional Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Vaccine-preventable Diseases in July 2011. In addition to presentations from experts, participants contributed to two working groups on monitoring and impact evaluation. Several countries in the Region are transitioning toward nominal immunization registries. These registries present great opportunities for HPV vaccination data collection and coverage evaluation as well as long-term impact evaluation. The consultation was also successful because the experts managed to identify endpoints for impact evaluation of HPV vaccination in the Region that represent clear opportunities in the short, medium and long-term. During the first semester of 2013, the established group of experts intends to develop generic protocols for monitoring the identified endpoints as well as a concept note for the establishment of a Regional HPV laboratory network. The proposal for a Regional framework for coverage monitoring and impact evaluation of HPV vaccination will be presented to the TAG in July 2013.
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, November 2012.