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Welcome

Dear Friends and Colleagues

We warmly invite you to join us for the International African Vaccinology Conference to be held in South Africa at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town from 8th to 11th of November 2012.

This is a landmark occasion being the first conference on vaccinology held in Africa by Africans about African immunization and vaccine preventable diseases, involving the international vaccinology community including academics, immunization programme managers and policy makers.

The broad theme of the conference is Advocating for efforts to protect African children, families and communities from the threat of Infectious diseases, and the programme reflects this with a strong emphasis on evidence-based science, policy, advocacy and communication. Conference sessions will give ample opportunity for discussion and contributions so that policy needs can be informed by the best research to date. We visualise lively debate on the Challenges facing Africa, new vaccines and progress toward reaching our Millennium Development Goals, among other topics.

Acknowledging the weight of the challenges that lie ahead, we are proud to report that the conference has chosen as patrons, three icons of public health namely; Professor Hoosen Coovadia (SA), Dr Ciro de Quadros (Brazil) and Professor T Jacob John (India) who will all champion the cause of immunization in Africa.

We hope that by focussing on Africa together with our international colleagues, we will strengthen our commitment to global health, to ensuring that African's take ownership of the disease burden in their countries and to working together to find implementable health solutions to free the poor from needless suffering.

The conference venue has breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain which is the 7th Natural Wonder of the World and Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many years. The accommodation is first class and there are shopping facilities nearby.

We look forward to welcoming you to multi-cultural Cape Town, affectionately known by African praise singers as IKapa Yoduma - the Cape of great fame where the sun never sets.

Yours sincerely

Professor Gregory Hussey
VACFA/UCT

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Professor Shabir Madhi
NICD/NHLS

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Professor Barry Schoub
NICD/NHLS

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