The 4th Regional Pneumococcal Symposium was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 2-3 March 2009. Over 185 people from 38 countries, including 23 African countries, attended the two-day meeting in South Africa. During the symposium, participants heard presentations and discussed topics ranging from pneumococcal epidemiology to country perspectives on vaccine introduction and disease surveillance. The meeting was organized by the Sabin Vaccine Institute in partnership with PneumoADIP, the World Health Organization, the South African Paediatric Association, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kenya Paediatric Association, and the University of Witwatersrand.

The full symposium proceedings is currently being prepared and will be available soon.