Getting to Grips with AEFI on Our Continent

This Spring Graduation, Dr Bangalee graduated her first PhD student, Peter Yamoah, on a project entitled Knowledge, Perceptions, Practice and Pattern of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Reporting in Africa, which she co-supervised with Dr Frasia Oosthuizen, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr Peter Yamoah, who resides in Ghana, is a principal clinical pharmacist at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and an adjunct clinical lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The work in this thesis ascertained the knowledge, perceptions and practice of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in Ghana, with the hope of improving the situation elsewhere in Africa. The study also explored vaccine safety in Africa via a comprehensive search of the literature and exploration of the open-access drugs and vaccines database, VigiAccess, for vaccine safety information, vaccine adverse events reporting patterns in all continents of the world, as well as an evaluation of the possible limitations regarding the use of VigiAccess. Dr Yamoah has presented his work at 2 conferences and published 3 articles from his doctoral thesis. His continued collaboration is being explored with an application for an honorary appointment with UKZN.

Dr Varsha Bangalee (DRILL Fellow) with her PhD student Dr Peter Yamoah

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