Twenty health officials from 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended a series of workshops in mid-May hosted by the Yale School of Public Health to be trained in a new statistical method that evaluates the effectiveness of vaccines.
The three-day conference was sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas. The WHO and PAHO have been collaborating with Yale School of Public Health researchers and analysts for the past several years.
Those who attended the workshop received training in a new statistical method that evaluates the effectiveness of vaccines using large amounts of existing administrative data, such as death records and hospitalization statistics, said Dr. Daniel Weinberger, associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health and one of the conference organizers.
The Yale team, along with colleagues at PAHO and local ministries of health, recently used this process to evaluate the effects of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on pneumonia deaths in children under five in 10 Latin America countries. countries represented at the conference were: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14