EpiVacPlus, the evolution of the EPIVAC® training program, involves training, research, and support activities in field epidemiology and applied vaccinology to strengthen immunization program performance and is the Sanofi Pasteur contribution to the GAVI Alliance.
The program consists in a comprehensive, one year, on-the-job professional training program in epidemiology, applied computing, vaccinology and management of health programs for public health officers in West Africa. It culminates in an inter-university diploma in “Organization and Management for Public Immunization Programs in Developing Countries” awarded by the universities of Cocody Abidjan ( Ivory Coast) and Paris Dauphine ( France ).
The objective of the EpiVacPlus program is to train doctors involved in the implementation of immunization programs in 11 Central and West African countries. EPIVAC not only utilizes classroom, on-the-job training, and distance learning, it also combines two subjects which are usually taught separately: applied vaccinology and management sciences. Participants are trained while continuing to provide vital public health services to their communities, a teaching scheme that enables learning to put into practice immediately.
In 2013/2014 Sanofi Pasteur provided the program with an additional 500,000 euro contribution to support new actions.
EpiVacPlus also includes the EpiVac.net African immunization network (previously called RIE/EPINET), which is composed of 11 national branches (previously called RNE).
All program activities are implemented in collaboration with governments of partner countries, international health organizations, and African and European universities. In this way, EpiVacPlus constitutes an effective international, public-private partnership, which has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving immunization program performance.
|Location||Central Africa, Togo, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Cote d Ivoire, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Benin, West Africa|