IVI’s Biostatistics and Data Management Department (BDM) is hosting a training course on the Vaccine Adverse Events Information Monitoring System (VAEIMS) on September 17-19, 2018. The VAEIMS training, coordinated by the Regional office of the WHO Western Pacific Region, will bring together seven national regulatory authority (NRA) officials from the WHO Western Pacific Region.
The course aims to help participants develop an understanding of VAEIMS and the medical coding of vaccine adverse events in countries within the WHO Western Pacific Region. This three-day course is tailored for representatives of National Immunization Programs (NIP) and national pharmacovigilance, while also catering to people engaged in AEFI data management and analysis. Participants are invited to share their experiences of challenges in using the VAEIMS and to present their own case studies (e.g., sample AEFI form). They are expected to exchange previous experiences in the vaccine adverse events monitoring field and to actively contribute to discussions.
As an active partner of the WHO Global Vaccine Initiative (GVSI), IVI developed VAEIMS as a new software tool for collecting and compiling vaccine adverse effect information. The main purpose of VAEIMS is to efficiently transfer vaccine safety data from peripheral health care centers to a central database. This will help improve reporting, monitoring, and management of vaccine safety data by public health authorities; enabling them to respond more quickly to public vaccine safety issues.
Following its pilot launch in Sri Lanka in 2015, the tool was successfully rolled out in Chile and Iran in 2016; and deployed in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Vietnam in 2017. This, in turn, led to the development of a safety database for dengue vaccines in 2017. Based on positive feedback from the participating countries, there are plans to expand VAEIMS to include an online version, a training program for NRAs, and the expansion of implementation in further countries.
Here is a link to the course agenda.This year’s VAEIMS training course has been made possible thanks to support from the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO).