Regional Training of NITAGs Facilitators

22 April 2015

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:

  1. 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
  1. 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:

  1. 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
  2. To develop participants capacity and skills to facilitate future SIVAC workshops for NITAGs

The full report can be downloaded.

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