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UNICEF experts join Live Q&A post European Immunization week


GENEVA, 9 May, 2012 - UNICEF regional immunization specialist, Oya Zeren Afsar,  and communication for development specialist, Sharad Agarwal, will join WHO in a Live Q&A session tomorrow to discuss lessons learnt following last week`s European Immunization Week 2012.

The Live Q&A will take place on Thursday, 10 May 2012 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (CEST - Copenhagen). Participants will have to register on the campaign site beforehand to join in.

Topics for discussion will include:

■Trust, confidence & immunization: Eroding trust in vaccines is a major issue facing immunization programmes today. How can we use innovative and new methods to build confidence? What is the role and what are the needs of front-line health workers in building and sustaining trust? How can national and international systems truly support them?
■Successes, challenges and lessons learned from  European Immunization Week and World Immunization Week 2012: How can experiences from this and previous years’ initiatives help us improve the event in the coming years?

Current members of the campaign site can automatically participate in the Live Q&A by either following this link, by opening the chat bar at the bottom of the campaign site or by clicking on “Chat” in the menu bar at the top of the site. 

We encourage you to submit questions and comments prior to the Live Q&A by sending an email to Chelsea Hedquist ( or by leaving a comment on the event page.

Other WHO experts available to answer questions will include:

Dr. Dina Pfeifer, Programme Manager, a.i., Vaccine-preventable Diseases & Immunization (WHO/Europe)

Robb Butler, Behaviour Change & Advocacy Officer (WHO/Europe)

Prof. Pier Luigi Lopalco, head of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Programme (ECDC)

Andrea Wurz, Health Communication Specialist (ECDC)





EIW 2012

Read more about this year`s European Immunization week.


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