18 – Paediatrician perspectives: a booster shot for the immunisation agenda

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This session highlighted the unique role of paediatricians in advocating for child health and immunisation


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This session highlighted the unique role of paediatricians in advocating for child health and immunisation.

During this session, a breadth of perspectives were shared.

Dr. Sergio Cabral, the moderator and chair of this session, provided an overview of the International Paediatric Association’s advocacy efforts to advance child health and immunisation.

Focusing on the Uganda Paediatric Association, Dr. Sabrina Kitaka followed with a presentation on the importance of evidence in advocacy efforts.

Dr. Naveen Thacker built upon this by examining the approach taken by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics in addressing the concerns of anti-vaccine lobbies in India.

The dual-launch of vaccines for diarrhoea and pneumonia marked a historic event for child health in Tanzania.

Dr. Namala Nkopi provided insight on the Tanzanian Paediatric Society’s engagement in seeing this come to fruition.

On the theme of new vaccines, Dr. Dhana Aryal spoke of the Nepal Paediatrics Society’s advocacy efforts for the introduction of PCV and MR.

Leveraging her experience in the EU, and as a paediatrician herself, Dr. Eleni Theocharous elaborated on her experience in advocating for child health and immunisation.

Dr. Clarrisse Loumou shared the experience of paediatric societies in shaping health policy in francophone Africa. As a Programme and Policy Committee member at GAVI, she also elaborated on how paediatricians can bring the perspectives of communities and countries to shape immunisation and child health policy.

Finally, based on the above case studies, Dr. Adenike Grange of the International Paediatrics Association distilled the specific ways in which paediatricians as a community are well positioned to positively impact child health and advance GAVI’s mission.

4 million

GAVI's support for vaccines through to 2015 will contribute to averting close to an additional four million future deaths.

WHO Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals’ estimates and projections, as of October 2012

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