This report outlines how the Public Health Agency of Sweden organizes and investigates changes to national vaccination programmes. The main target group of the English version of the report is National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) and their Secretariats in other countries.
In 2014 the Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene of Mali signed a decree to establish the NITAG. Four years later, the Ministry of Health nominates the 13 core members as well as the ex-officio and liaision members.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) has recommended that the HPV immunisation programme should be extended to cover boys.
On 16th May 2018, the Honorable minister of Health inaugurated NITAG-Ghana at the MoH conference room. Thus, Ghana took a bold step to join GAVI-eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa to establish a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG).
New study on the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in the national immunization programs of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden28.05.2018
This study illustrates how four countries with comparable public health-care systems and similar burden of rotavirus disease arrive at different decisions regarding potential introduction of rotavirus vaccine in the NIP.
With 22 small countries/territories, the Caribbean faced a great challenge in stablishing NITAGs. Given the history of Caribbean countries working successfully together in health, the Health Ministers took the wise decision in 2017 to establish a sub-regional NITAG. This is an efficient mechanism to provide independent advice on immunization to the Ministers of Health in keeping with the recommendations of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and PAHO’S Regional Immunization Action Plan (RIAP).
GEAE (Grupo de Expertos de Asesoramiento Estratégico)28.02.2018
This position paper replaces the 2004 WHO position paper on Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and the 2007 WHO revised BCG vaccination guidelines for infants at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It incorporates recent developments in the field of tuberculosis, provides revised guidance on the immunization of children infected with HIV, and re-emphasizes the importance of the BCG birth dose.
A unique training for NITAG was organized in Beijing on December 12-14 2017. For the first time, the training gathered together NITAG chair and members but also the working group leaders, ex-officio members and liaison members as well as NITAG from other countries as facilitators.