August 29, 2011
This video, presented at the Geneva Health Forum, April 19-21, 2010, focuses on the implementation of the Côte d’Ivoire National Committee of Independent Experts for Immunization and Vaccines (CNEIV-CI). The committee was established with the support of the SIVAC Initiative, implemented by AMP in partnership with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI). The SIVAC Initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to support the creation or strengthening of sustainable NITAGs in GAVI-eligible and middle-income countries.
The CNEIV-CI was created following recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to strengthen national capacity for evidence-based policy decisions with regard to immunization and vaccines.
Côte d’Ivoire is the first GAVI-eligible country in sub-Saharan Africa to set up such a committee. The NITAG’s role is to advise the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire on all topics related to vaccines and immunizations. This includes, for example: vaccination policies and strategies, introduction of vaccines, prioritization of new vaccines, revision of vaccine schedules, and immunization coverage.
Provides information, tools, and briefings to NITAGs and the global immunization community to improve evidence-based decision-making on vaccines and immunization at national level.
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