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Call for Papers: The Future of Immunization in Africa

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Call for Papers: The Future of Immunization in Africa

Deadline for submission of papers, 31 December 2016


For details, please go to http://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/mailalert/MA11042016.htm


Supplement: The Future of Immunization in Africa - Call for papers

The Pan African Medical Journal invites you to submit your contribution for the upcoming supplement The Future of Immunization in Africa”.
Guest editors: Bob Davis (Am Red Cross) , Helen Rees (Wits U) and Steve Cochi (GID, CDC) 
Submit your contribution by 31 December 2016
Publication expected in April 2017

About this supplement

Immunization is undoubtedly one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions of all time. It is estimated that between two to three millions deaths from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus are prevented every year. Since its inception in Africa in the late 1970s, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) has undergone major transformations. From the six diseases targeted by EPI in the early 70s, additional vaccines have been added; most countries have now introduced Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, pneumococcal, rubella and HPV vaccines. New financial mechanisms, renewed commitments by governments, donors and regional bodies, new vaccine and technology developments and the eradication of polio finally in sight, augur a bright future for immunization in Africa. What have been and what will be the transformative forces for immunization in africa? This is what the supplement "The Future Of Immunization in Africa" is about. 

Guest editors

  • Robert (Bob) Davis, American Red Cross Delegate for Immunization in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Steve Cochi, Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Prof Helen Rees, University of Witwatersrand, Former member and Chair Person of SAGE, SA

Manuscripts looking into the following broad range of topics will be considered:

  • New vaccine delivery technologies or vaccine formulations and their potential impact in improving adherence or acceptance of vaccine
  • Routine immunization in the local, regional and global context, including regional and global commitments
  • Novel approaches or country experience in improving routine vaccination coverage and reducing drop-outs
  • Countries challenges in reaching and sustaining vaccine independence
  • Status of current elimination initiatives (MNTE, Measles, Rubella)
  • EPI beyond 9 months or second year of live (2YL) opportunities
  • Field evaluations of solar cold chain and other cold chain technology
  • Vaccination of nomads and other hard to reach populations
  • Social mobilization and vaccine hesitancy in routine immunization
  • Country level costing studies and vaccine financing
  • Role of new softwares, especially cell phone applications, in routine immunization and campaigns

The manuscripts will be considered under the categories: original research, Case studies, Commentary, Opinion, letter to the editors, Editorials. Publication charges will be waived for accepted manuscripts.

Manuscript requirements: Are available on the journal instructions for authors (www.panafrican-med-journal.com/instruction.php) - Submit your manuscript under the category Supplement-EPI 2017

If you have questions about this supplement, send an email to: Bob Davis (kidsurvival@gmail.com), Steve Cochi (slc1@cdc.gov) or Helen Rees (hrees@wrhi.ac.za). For all other requests or inquiries, send an email to editor@panafrican-med-journal.com.


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