Strengthening the Armenian NITAG
In the framework of the joint HPID and WHO-EURO work plan to support NITAG in the European Region, the HPID Unit visited the Armenian NITAG and stakeholders on February 11th and 12th. The purpose of this visit was to present the findings of the evaluation of the performance of the Armenian NITAG conducted in November 2015, to discuss subsequent recommendations, and to develop related work plan to support the NITAG.
The Deputy Minister of Health warmly welcomed the HPID Unit. The Executive secretary and the NITAG chair were the main contact persons during the mission. Key discussions also involved other NITAG and secretariat members, the Director General and the Deputy Director General of the National Center for Disease Control and prevention (NCDC) and the head of the WHO country office.
Proposed recommendations focused on NITAG functioning processes and tools to issue evidence based recommendations and on NITAG integration into the immunization decision-making system. All recommendations were well received and much agreed upon from all parties. A work plan to implement related activities for 2016-2017, based on country’s needs, was then developed between the NITAG and the HPID Unit. More particularly and in the coming months, the HPID Unit will support the NITAG in the development of a recommendation related to HPV introduction, on which the Ministry of Health will build upon for applying to GAVI support.
Overall, great motivation and enthusiasm emerged from discussions with NITAG and secretariat members and other stakeholders met during the mission for the activities to conduct for strengthening the Armenian NITAG and immunization policy making.