The SIVAC initiative organized the second African Sub-regional workshop of NITAGs secretariats for the western region which was held in Abidjan from 13 to 14th October 2015. The workshop was attended by members of the NITAGs Secretariats from Benin, Senagal, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. The workshop aimed at reinforcing collaboration between NITAGs by sharing information, discussing technical subjects of common interest and promoting peer support.
Discussion sessions on technical and strategical issues were held, including on:
- Recommendation framework by NITAGs on the introduction of the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth (within 24 hours to 72 hours) and on the improvement of immunization coverage.
- NITAGs strategies to contribute more efficiently to reach the objectives of the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 and the Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization 2014-2020.
- Identification of approaches for sustainable responses to financial and institutional issues faced by NITAGs