As a member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines Safety Preparedness, Dr Sonali Kochhar from Global Healthcare Consulting helped to develop the WHO Covid-19 vaccines: safety surveillance manual (https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/10665338400). This provides safety surveillance guidance for COVID-19 vaccine introduction for governments, global, regional and national staff from immunization programmes, regulatory authorities, ministries of health, pharmacovigilance centres and vaccine manufacturers. The manual is being utilized globally for COVID-19 vaccine deployment.
Maternal Immunization Safety Monitoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Roadmap for Program Development
Oct 16, 2017
Maternal immunization holds the promise of further reducing morbidity and mortality among pregnant women and infants, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where there is the greatest burden of vaccine-preventable disease. This report from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)-funded project, developed with input from a large, multidisciplinary group of experts, summarizes existing programs in pharmacovigilance and maternal, newborn, and child health surveillance in LMICs; identifies gaps and needs and outlines a roadmap for program development and implementation for monitoring the safety of maternal immunizations in LMICs. Dr Sonali Kochhar, Medical Director, Global Healthcare Consulting was part of the Core Advisory Group for the project, and an Author and Reviewer for the report.