Launch of the Global National Immunization Technical Advisory Group Network

NITAGs
5 July 2017

The second Global National Immunization Technical Advisory Group Network (GNN) meeting was held in Berlin from 28-29 June. The meeting was jointly organized by WHO, the Robert Koch Institute, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and Agence de Médecine Preventive−Health Policy and Institutional Development Center (AMP-HPID).

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National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) members and secretariats from 26 countries across the 6 WHO regions gathered to endorse the GNN strategic document and officially launch the network.

In line with the recommendations from the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization on the importance of regional and global NITAG collaboration, the GNN members are working towards the GVAP target to have functional NITAGs in all Member States by 2020.

This commitment was formalized through the endorsement of the strategic document and the signing of the GNN certificate by all members. This was followed by an inauguration ceremony where Karin Knufmann-Happe, Director General for Health Protection at the German Federal Ministry of Health congratulated the participants for launching the Global NITAG Network.

NITAG members and partners use this annual meeting as an opportunity to share lessons learned, inspire action through a variety of success stories and discuss ways to address challenges. This second edition promoted the voices of NITAG members around the world.

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