What does NESI do?
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways of preventing childhood morbidity and mortality against an ever increasing number of infectious diseases. Over 115 million children are immunised every year before their first birthday. Vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million child deaths every year. In addition, today, the concept of immunisation (strengthen the immune system to fight infections) has extended beyond childhood and life-course immunisation is becoming more and more important.
Unfortunately, around 19.4 million children under the age of one are still deprived of vaccination. The constant threat of emerging and re-emerging diseases reminds us of the value of vaccines and immunisation, as highlighted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Evidence-based decision-making on vaccines and immunisation, effective policies, as well as the support of well-trained medical and nursing staff are key pillars of successful planning and implementation of a national immunisation programme.
The Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI) aims to support and strengthen these key pillars of the national immunisation programmes through education and training, technical support and operational research.
How was NESI formed?
NESI was built on the experience of the International Network for Eastern and Southern Africa on hepatitis B vaccination, which was established in 1999 by five universities in Eastern and Southern Africa, Ministries of Health in Africa and the University of Antwerp.
With the development of new vaccines and increased commitment by development partners and private sector initiatives to strengthen vaccine supply and immunisation services, there are more opportunities to prevent more diseases in more people. This led to the establishment of NESI in 2002, which is an international multidisciplinary network with the mission to strengthen immunisation programmes, in particular in low- and middle-income countries. Through partnerships with WHO, academia, Ministries of Health and other interested stakeholders, NESI focuses on education and training, technical support and operational research, in order to complete its mission.
The Executive Secretariat of NESI is hosted at the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.
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Support this project
With your contribution, the Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI) will be able to support and strengthen the immunisation programme in countries most in need, so that everyone will benefit of receiving the right vaccine at the right time in the right way. No one should die of a vaccine-preventable disease.
Did you know that in 2020 every donation of 40 euros or more is 60% tax deductible? This is an extra incentive to provide maximum support NESI.
Step 1 - Donation
There are two ways to donate:
- By bank transfer to bank account number BE42 7310 4624 7854 in the name of 'Universiteit Antwerpen'. Be sure to mention 'fiscaal attest' (tax certificate) and your preferred destination, in this case: 'NESI', in the communication field.
- By online payment, where you can indicate your preferred destination straight away.
Step 2 - Donation form
In order to allocate your donation correctly, we recommend you to also send us the donation form where you indicate your preference for the destination of the amount again.
Send the filled in form:
- digitally: email it to firstname.lastname@example.org ( a scan or photo are sufficient)
- by post: Universiteitsfonds Antwerpen - Middelheimlaan 1 M.A.223 - 2020 Antwerpen