Global Healthcare Consulting (GHC) was one of the four Steering Committee Members for the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research’s Meeting to develop definitions of Key Terms used for monitoring the safety of Immunization in Pregnancy in Mothers and Newborn Children. This consultation was held in the WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
The Steering Committee members were Dr Melinda Wharton, Director, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), Dr MirjanaNesin, Medical Officer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr Jan Bonhoeffer, Assistant Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at the University Children’s Hospital Basel, Switzerland, President, Brighton Collaboration Foundation and Dr SonaliKochhar, Medical Director, GHC.
The consultation was to facilitate harmonization of key events for monitoring vaccine safety in pregnant women and newborn children. The participants included experts in vaccine safety, immunization during pregnancy, epidemiology,paediatric and obstetrical infectious diseases, vaccine clinical trials and vaccine regulation. Observers included representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. The meeting objectives were to review existing case definitions and guidance documents to prioritize key terms for continuous monitoring of immunization safety in pregnancy and to recommend next steps towards harmonized data collection and well informed data interpretation.
Dr Kochhar also co-chaired the WHO Paediatric Deliberation to develop concepts and definitions of foetal and neonatal adverse events.