The role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in evidence-informed decision-making

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The role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in evidence-informed decision-makingEnablers, constraints and future support options
ODI  Research reports and studies | February 2019 :: 48 pages
Anne Buffardi and Susan Njambi-Szlapka
Executive Summary [Excerpt]
National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) are multidisciplinary groups of national experts who provide independent advice to policy-makers on issues related to immunisation and vaccines, based on evidence and the national context. The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) 2011–2020 and 2017 World Health Assembly resolution call on governments to establish and strengthen these advisory bodies, acknowledging their pivotal role in decision-making and in achieving national health goals. Although the number of NITAGs doubled between 2010 and 2016, accelerated progress is needed in order to meet the goal of a functional NITAG in all countries by 2020.
This report presents the findings of a scoping exercise initiated by the Wellcome Trust and the World Health Organization to determine how different types of NITAGs could be supported in the coming years. It is written for organisations who are familiar with and considering supporting the next phase of NITAGs’ development, NITAG members, and national and global stakeholders with whom NITAGs engage…
…Donors, the WHO and the Global NITAG Network (GNN) will continue to play important roles in supporting core NITAG functions and the expansion and embedding of NITAGs’ role in evidence-informed decision-making processes. To jointly move this work forward, three interdependent actions are most pressing:
:: Donors need to define their roles and more actively coordinate among themselves.
:: Donors also need to be more explicit in communicating what they can fund and how NITAGs can access these resources.
:: The WHO and the GNN need to clarify the ‘ask’ to donors and develop an investment case with defined national, regional and global support activities.