Indicators to assess National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs)

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Indicators to assess National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs)
Philippe Duclos
Barbara Jauregui
Niyazi Cakmak
Kamel Senouci
Julia Blau
Nihal Abeysinghe
Richard Mihigo
Liudmila Mosina
Nahad Sadr-Azodi
Marine Clementz
Cara Janusz
Yoshihiro Takashima
Health policy
Elsevier - Vaccine
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Article published in Vaccine, Volume 31, Issue 23, 28 May 2013, Pages 2653–2657. A National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) is an expert advisory committee that provides evidence-based recommendations to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to guide immunization programs and policies. The World Health Organization (WHO), the Initiative for Supporting National Independent Immunization and Vaccine Advisory Committees (SIVAC) at Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) engaged NITAG stakeholders and technical partners in the development of indicators to assess the effectiveness of NITAGs. A list of 17 process, output and outcome indicators was developed and tested in 14 countries to determine whether they were understandable, feasible to collect, and useful for the countries. Based on the findings, a revised version of the indicators is proposed for self-assessment in the countries, as well as for global monitoring of the NITAGs.

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