Regional Training of NITAGs Facilitators
The SIVAC Initiative, implemented by AMP, was established in 2008 with the main objective of supporting national authorities in low and middle-income countries to set-up and strengthens their National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). Within the “Agence de Médecine Préventive” (AMP) SIVAC is part of the Health Policy and Institutional Development Unit (HPID), which is a WHO Collaborating Centre on evidence-informed immunization policy-making.
Building from its experience, the SIVAC Initiative has developed a training catalogue that describes the project strategy and key interventions to reinforce NITAGs’ capabilities to provide decision-makers with sound technical and evidence-based recommendations.
SIVAC capacity building strategy comprises regional and national training programmes with the following goals:
- For regional trainings, to:
- Develop local expertise to sustain NITAG capacity building (e.g. training local experts as technical resources and facilitators of future regional and national NITAGs trainings organized by SIVAC);
- Promote a learning-by-experience approach through sharing of best practices and lessons learned among countries with a similar context
- For national trainings, to:
- Address specific country needs as related to NITAG scope of work or topics of consideration.
The target groups identified are:
- National experts as potential future facilitators for NITAGs trainings
- NITAG chairs and secretariats
- NITAG members including core members, liaison members, and ex-officio members
To implement this strategy, SIVAC developed a training manual that comprises three core units and one with optional modules
SIVAC Initiative piloted this strategy through a facilitators’ training activity in Nairobi (Kenya) on April 20 to 24, 2015.
The two objectives of the workshop were:
- To enhance participants’ understanding of the principles to develop and issue evidence-based recommendations in immunisation and their skills to critically assess quality of data in published papers
- To develop participants capacity and skills to facilitate future SIVAC workshops for NITAGs
The full report can be downloaded.