Nov 14, 2023

Training supports vaccine safety in Ethiopia

The Global One Health initiative (GOHi) conducted training on Hospital-Based Sentinel Surveillance (HBSS) for Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) for vaccines in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA).

This project intends to generate evidence on country-level background rates for AESI for future vaccine safety monitoring and collect data on Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) to support national vaccine safety monitoring and global vaccine safety. The team implemented the project at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital in 2022 and recently added Yekatit 12 Hospital.

The purpose of the training was to provide the necessary information on implementation protocol and related data collection tools and to guide surveillance officers and data clerks on data collection procedures.

Subject matter experts from collaborating organizations provided in-person and practical training at the hospitals from October 31-November 2. The team also began using the data collection tool at the two hospitals following this training. The evidence generated from the project will help the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority and the two hospitals take appropriate measures towards vaccine safety.