Inauguration Ceremony of the NITAG in Haiti
On behalf of the Ministry of Health, the General Director of the MOH launched the NITAG. He thanked one by one each of the newly appointed members.
The areas of expertise represented in the NITAG are: pediatrics, epidemiology, research and vaccinology, gynecology, sociology, anthropology, bacteriology and virology, public health, communication and social mobilization, health economy, immunization logistics. The NITAG currently has a total of 13 members.
The ceremony continued with a review of the NITAG terms of References that include the mandate of the NITAG, its role and responsibilities, information on the organization of the Secretariat. It also includes the frequency of the meetings (2 annual ordinary sessions and possibility for the chair or the MoH to request an extra-ordinary meeting), and the functional modalities of the NITAG meetings. The terms of reference include the request that each member of the NITAG has to declare absence of conflict of interest before they participate to any session.
The official ceremony continued with a presentation made by Dr Jean Andre, from PAHO/Haiti. He provided information on NITAGs in the global and regional context (GVAP and RIAP), enforced the importance of NITAGs and explained the support that can be provided notably by the NITAG Resource Center.
The chairman of the NITAG ended the ceremony asking for the first meeting to be organized rapidly as public health in general and immunization in particular in Haiti is urging all good wills to start working.