Application Form for ECAVI Vaccinology Course for Health Professionals 2018


  • Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
  • Kabarak University, Nakuru Kenya
  • Uganda Paediatric Association (UPA)
  • Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA)
  • East Africa Centre For Vaccines And Immunization (ECAVI)
  • Kenya and Uganda Extended Programs on Immunization (EPI)
  • Paediatric Association of Tanzania (PAT)
  • University Of Nairobi (UON)


25 -29th June 2018 – Kampala. Uganda


This year ECAVI will offer two training opportunities in vaccinology for mid-level healthcare professionals especially vaccine handlers. This will each be a 5 day long course that focusses on current and new developments in the use of vaccines in the Eastern Africa region.

The aim of this course is to equip healthcare professionals with up to date knowledge, skills and expertise on new and current vaccines and immunization programs in order to enable them deal with current and emerging challenges to immunization.

Participants will complete a series of structured questions at the end of each day to reinforce the key messages. They will also complete a daily course evaluation feedback that will help improve future courses. Each participant who attends more than 90% of sessions will earn CPD points and a certificate at the end of the course.


  • Introduction & History of Vaccines in East Africa
  • Basic Immunology of vaccines (The immune system, how vaccines work, types of vaccines)
  • Vaccine Pharmacology (formulation/ composition, indications and administration, and vaccine development)
  • Vaccine development process: Preclinical, Phase I, Phase III and Phase III trials and regulatory approval and registration
  • An overview of Vaccine preventable diseases and their epidemiology
  • Vaccine safety – Assessment/ Recognition and management of AEFI, Post-licensure and post-introduction monitoring of vaccine effectiveness and adverse events following immunization (AEFIs)
  • Vaccine registration and WHO prequalification; the process of introduction of a new vaccine into a National immunization program: Important considerations; Vaccination policy and immunization schedules in Eastern Africa
  • Current safety issues and controversies regarding immunization (the media, language, terrain, beliefs, age, culture, communicating on vaccines, vaccine hesitancy and negative messaging)
  • Current, New and Vaccines under Development (Pneumococcal, Malaria, HIV, HPV, Rotavirus, IPT, dTAP, Hepatitis, meningococcal, MMR, Yellow fever, Typhoid, Influenza, Chicken pox)
  • The roles of GAVI, GVAP, EPI, NITAG, National Immunization days (NIDS) and Subnational immunization days (SNIDS) – Their Role in promoting vaccination/immunization.
  • Vaccines for special groups and populations (Maternal Immunization, Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Strategies, and Challenges, immunocompromised, )
  • Vaccine related logistics (Immunization in the health systems context –integration; The cold chain management, Sources, handling storage and transportation of vaccines, Reporting, referrals/linkages, M&E aspects from patient, health facility to community/public health aspects of surveillance, how to set up an immunization clinic)
  • Immunization data management and record keeping: relevant tools for data capture, storage, analysis and transmission
  • Practical skills training: good immunization practices (Dos and Don’ts and lessons)
  • Discussion, Knowledge and Experience sharing among participants


Each course will target a maximum of 50 participants. The course is designed for vaccine handlers [nurses, mid wives, cold chain managers, EPI focal persons, medical doctors, Masters Students (Mph, MSc, and M.Med), pharmacists, public health professionals, vaccine program administrators] and healthcare professionals who are interested in the clinical aspects of vaccines and immunization.

An advert will be send out to members of the various paediatric/medical associations, medical schools, and selected hospitals, EPI programs, and also posted on ECAVI website and doctors social media groups. Each interested member will be required to submit a formal application to the course administrator, explaining why the course is beneficial to them, and attach his/her CV. A selection committee comprising the coordinators and course administrator will vet the applications and select 50 participants for every course. There will be an additional waiting list of 10 selected of participants to replace any of the selected 50 who do not make it to attend the course.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the Course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the concept and principles of vaccination
  • Describe how vaccines work and their side effects
  • Describe indications, contraindications, efficacy, and safety of vaccines according to WHO criteria
  • Identify, manage and report adverse events following immunizations
  • Identify ways to improve communication with patients, parents, and caregivers about vaccination
  • Identify best practices for implementing or improving immunization programs
  • Understand how to link and partner with other stakeholders involved in vaccination and immunization
  • Champion and advocate for uptake and promotion of immunization

Methods of Course delivery:

  • Formal lectures
  • Case studies and scenarios
  • Debate and discussions
  • Practical demonstration sessions
  • Participant presentations
  • Assessments and evaluations


Dr. Ombeva Malande


Rachel Afaayo N


  • Dr. Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka – Makerere University
  • Dr. Edison Mworozi – Makerere University
  • Dr. Lawrence Owino Okong’o – University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Wesley Too – Kabarak University
  • Dr. Ombeva Malande – Makerere/Egerton University
  • Dr. Boniface Osano – University of Nairobi


  • Dr. Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka – Makerere University
  • Dr. Edison Mworozi – Makerere University
  • Dr. Lawrence Owino Okong’o – University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Wesley Too – Kabarak University
  • Dr. Ombeva Malande – Makerere/Egerton University
  • Dr. Boniface Osano – University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Deo Munube – Makerere University
  • Dr. Bongomin Bodo – Gulu University
  • Dr. Florence Nantulya – Nakasero Hospital, Kampala
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kutamba – Norvik Hospital, Kampala
  • Dr. Kigen Barnabas – Ministry of Health, Kenya
  • Dr. Nahya  Salim Masoud – Muhimbili University (MUHAS), Tanzania
  • Dr. Adolphine Alban Hokororo – Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza Tanzania.
  • Dr. Orikiriiza Judith – Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University/University of Rwanda.
  • Other special faculty from Central country  EPI program managers, Vaccine Manufacturing/marketing Stakeholders


Direct your enquiries to:

Afaayo Rachel, Course Administrator


Telephone: +256 775324799, +254 722475181