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Strengthening and sustainability of national immunization technical advisory groups (NITAGs) globally: Lessons and recommendations from the founding meeting of the global NITAG network

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Vaccine

Volume 35, Issue 23, 25 May 2017, Pages 3007–3011

Strengthening and sustainability of national immunization technical advisory groups (NITAGs) globally: Lessons and recommendations from the founding meeting of the global NITAG network

  • Alex Adjagbaa
  • Noni E. MacDonaldb, , 
  • Inmaculada Ortega-Péreza
  • Philippe Duclosc
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  • 2016 Global NITAG Network Meeting Participants1,
  • a Health Policy and Institutional Development (HPID) Center, Agence de Médecine Préventive, Paris, France
  • b Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada
  • c Department of Immunization, Vaccine and Biologicals (IVB) World Health, Geneva, Switzerland

Received 17 March 2017, Revised 12 April 2017, Accepted 13 April 2017, Available online 26 April 2017

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.04.039

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Abstract

National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) provide independent, evidence-informed advice to assist their governments in immunization policy formation. However, many NITAGs face challenges in fulfilling their roles. Hence the many requests for formation of a network linking NITAGs together so they can learn from each other. To address this request, the Health Policy and Institutional Development (HPID) Center (a WHO Collaborating Center at the Agence de Médecine Préventive - AMP), in collaboration with WHO, organized a meeting in Veyrier-du-Lac, France, on 11 and 12 May 2016, to establish a Global NITAG Network (GNN). The meeting focused on two areas: the requirements for (a) the establishment of a global NITAG collaborative network; and (b) the global assessment/evaluation of the performance of NITAGs. 35 participants from 26 countries reviewed the proposed GNN framework documents and NITAG performance evaluation. Participants recommended that a GNN should be established, agreed on its governance, function, scope and a proposed work plan as well as setting a framework for NITAG evaluation.

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