UNICEF supported Ukrainian health experts to learn best international practices in immunoprevention
In the context of ever growing refusals from vaccination in Ukraine, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is focusing on the need to improve the awareness of Ukrainian health care workers of the world trends in immunoprevention. The improved knowledge of health care workers will contribute to better educational work among parents to explain them the safety and efficacy of vaccination to prevent infectious diseases and to restore Ukrainians’ trust to immunization.
That is why currently UNICEF is actively supporting participation of Ukrainian health care workers in different activities where they can learn about international experience in vaccination. In particular, in October this year UNICEF provided support to five Ukrainian physicians and medical experts of the oblasts and national level to ensure their participation in the 3rd International Vilnius Course "Update on Paediatric Infections", which has been recently held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The workshop was organized with the support of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and is one of the leading events in the European region to upgrade the professional level of young physicians from CIS countries and the rest of Europe. The workshop was held in the format of open discussions between the participants and presenters, which contributed to thorough discussion of the relevant issues of immunoprevention.
Ukrainian experts received information about the most recent trends in the development of new vaccines; about prevention and treatment of influenza, pertussis, rotavirus infection and human papillomavirus; about the prevention of encephalitis; about specific features of HIV prevention, transmission and treatment among children.
The workshop participants will disseminate the obtained knowledge through the coverage of immunization topic in the mass media, on the lectures and training seminars at the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education named after Shchupik, as well as in the course of educational activities for epidemiologists and infectious disease physicians on a regional level.
Within this even, the Ukrainian delegation also had several special meetings with the Lithuanian colleagues to discuss the organization of efficient work of epidemiological surveillance service for infectious diseases control and the reform of health care system, in particular, in the area of immunoprevention.
“Participation in this event provided me a number of opportunities to improve the strengthening of activities in response to anti-vaccination campaign in Lviv region”, - said workshop participant Natalia Timko, head of epidemiological department of Lviv Oblast SES.
The International Vilnius Course "Update on Paediatric Infections" was founded in 2006 with the participation of professor, head of Vilnius University Clinic of Paediatrics, Lithuania, member of the Board of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases was also involved in the organization of this event. Its goal is to disseminate the newest European experience of vaccination among young physicians, to have discussions on most urgent topics related to the prevention and treatment of paediatric infectious diseases. Speakers at the workshop include the leading European experts. This year, the workshop was attended by the specialists from 32 countries.