HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Baltimore, Maryland, USA or Virtually from your home or work.
Gasana Joel, Speaker at Vaccines Conferences
Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Rwanda
Title : Immunization Saves Lives: Maintaining Good Immunization Coverage To Prevent Potential Outbreaks


The policy brief titled "Immunization Saves Lives: Maintaining Good Immunization Coverage To Prevent Potential Outbreaks" addresses the critical importance of sustaining high immunization coverage rates, especially in light of disruptions caused by global health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief provides a comprehensive review of the decline in immunization rates worldwide and its implications for public health security. It highlights the necessity for robust health systems capable of withstanding such disruptions to prevent the re-emergence and spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

It outlines strategic approaches to enhance immunization infrastructure, focusing on leveraging digital technologies for improved data collection and tracking, strengthening community health networks for more effective vaccine distribution, and advocating for policy reforms that support sustained immunization efforts. Additionally, the brief emphasizes the role of continuous government and community engagement in maintaining and improving immunization coverage.

This policy brief serves as a call to action for policymakers, health practitioners, and researchers to collaborate in fortifying the global immunization framework. It aims to ensure that the progress made in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases is not reversed, thereby safeguarding public health against future threats.

From the abstract of the policy brief "Immunization Saves Lives: Maintaining Good Immunization Coverage

To Prevent Potential Outbreaks," Participants will learn about

  • The participants will learn about the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on immunization services globally, which led to a decline in vaccination rates and increased the risk of vaccine- preventable diseases.
  • Detailed strategies including the use of digital technology for tracking vaccination data, community engagement, and policy adjustments aimed at improving vaccine distribution and coverage.
  • Insights into how data can be leveraged to inform public health decisions, ensure effective allocation of resources, and target interventions where they are needed most.
  • The crucial role of community health workers in reaching underserved populations, raising awareness about the importance of vaccinations, and helping to maintain high coverage levels.

  • Understanding these strategies and insights can aid healthcare professionals in implementing effective immunization programs and policies, improving health outcomes within their communities.
  • The discussed data and strategies can serve as a foundation for further research on improving immunization coverage or other public health challenges.
  • This presentation will Provides actionable strategies and the importance of maintaining high immunization rates to prevent outbreaks, assisting in policy formulation and adjustments.
  • Participants by applying the discussed strategies, the overall resilience of health systems against future pandemics and health crises can be significantly improved, ensuring preparedness and rapid response capabilities.

This presentation will deliver a comprehensive overview of maintaining immunization coverage amidst challenges, equipped with data-driven insights, practical strategies, and a focus on community and healthcare system engagement.


Joel Gasana is a dedicated public health professional completed his Master’s in Public (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from Mount Kenya University. With a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Rwanda earned in 2018. I have an extensive experience in medical research and healthcare service management. I currently serves as a Research Coordination Specialist at Rwanda Biomedical Center and has a notable history of developing innovative healthcare solutions, such as the Companion app for linking HIV patients with healthcare providers. This work has earned him multiple awards and grants for his contributions to medical education and public health innovation.