Vaccines for Africa website launched

13 April 2009

Vaccines for Africa

The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at UCT has launched an African-based website, Vaccines for Africa, to increase awareness and promote the uptake of vaccines in Africa.

This forms part of the Vaccinology Initiative of Professor Gregory Hussey, director of the IIDMM. The initiative's vision is an Africa free of vaccine-preventable diseases, explained Hussey.

"There needs to be a co-ordinated advocacy effort from within Africa to change this, and much of this is about access to information."

The site aims to be an interactive forum for the exchange of accurate, up-to-date and evidence-based information on vaccines and immunisation practices relevant to Africa.

Dr Charles Shey Wiysonge can be contacted by email for comment.

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