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The Role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) in Strengthening National Vaccine Decision-Making: A Comparative Case Study of Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda

The Role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) in Strengthening National Vaccine Decision-Making: A Comparative Case Study of Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda

Author: 
Natasha Howard
Helen Walls
Sadie Bell
Sandra Mounier-Jack
Publication Date
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Affiliation: 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) provide independent technical guidance to national policymakers and programme managers to support evidence-based and locally relevant immunisation policy and programme decisions. This study examined NITAGs in 6 low- and middle-income countries, or LMICs (i.e., Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda), with a focus on functionality, quality of recommendation development, and integration with national decision-making bodies and processes. It was carried out as part of the Supporting Independent Immunization and Vaccine Advisory Committees (SIVAC) Initiative (2008-2017), which centred around advocacy: raising the profile of NITAGs in the global agenda through collaboration with academic institutions, participation in conferences and partner meetings, and publication of articles.

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Vaccine (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.07.063. Image credit: Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI)

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