In Nepal the Immunization Bill includes establishment of a NITAG

1 February 2016

The law which has  7 chapters and 43 articles included also provision for the  establishment of a NITAG. The National Immunisation Committee which was established in 2009 and was acting as the EPI body responsible for policy development is now supported by a NITAG, entrenched in the national policy system, giving it the institutional integration needed for it sustainability.


The main features of immunization law are the following:
1. The Government of Nepal will manage/allocate necessary budget required for financially sustain National Immunization program
2. Establishment of National Immunization Fund: in PPP model
3. Establishment of "National Immunization Committee" which is the main committee of NIP. It is responsible for policy development, exploring and managing necessary resources to financially sustain national immunization program, monitoring and evaluation, multi-sectoral coordination for expansion and development of NIP.
4. Provision of establishing "National Immunization Advisory Committee": The purpose of establishing the committee is to give technical advices for development and expansion of NIP including introduction of new vaccines. In case of epidemics of diseases, the advisory committee will give advices to the National Immunization Committee
5. Provision of AEFI Committee: Seven member committee to investigate AEFI and report to the National Immunization Committee
6. Provision of keeping records of all immunized children and providing them Immunization card. Parents, patrons and children themselves are responsible for keeping immunization card safe
7. Schools have right to ask parents for Immunization Card before their children get enrolled in school
8. Provision of transportation, storage and distribution of vaccines as per prescribed standards
9. Provision of exporting only registered vaccines, WHO prequalified vaccines
10. Responsibility of doctors and health workers for delivering immunization services 
11. Punishment and reward


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