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The Role of National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) in Strengthening National Vaccine Decision-making: A Comparative Case Study of Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda

Improving evidence informed decision-making in immunization is a global health priority and many low and middle-income countries have established National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) as independent technical advisory bodies for this purpose. This study examined NITAGs in six low and middle-income countries – Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda – to examine functionality, quality of recommendation … Continued

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Private Sector Immunization Service Providers in Gujarat, India

On-site assessments of private sector immunization practices were conducted in the second and third most populous cities of Gujarat, India to identify areas for improvement to increase vaccination coverage in low- and middle-income countries. According to the results, a key change of practitioner attitudes towards immunization is needed in order to lower MOV (missed opportunities … Continued

Vietnam: Expanded Program on Immunization – EPI, Financing, and Gavi Transition Plan

Country spotlight presentation given by Associate Professor Duong Thi Hong (Deputy Director of National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Deputy Manager of Expanded Program on Immunization) during the LNCT December 2017 Hanoi Meeting. The presentation introduces EPI Vietnam, its financing, and its plan for Gavi transition.

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Country Planning Cycle Database – WHO’s Resource for National Health System Planning Activities

The Country Planning Cycle Database collects information to support coordination of national health system planning activities. The database includes information on technical support, and donor engagement, in addition to summaries of national planning and health programmatic cycles.  

New Guide Helps Countries Assess Immunization Financing Options

Helen Saxenian, Cheryl Cashin, and Paul Wilson, Results for Development Maintaining high rates of immunization coverage, which is essential for a persistent reduction in the incidence of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, requires a sufficient and sustained investment. In order to ensure that governments are making adequate investments in immunization financing and are doing so through sustainable … Continued

Countries Transitioning From Donor Health Aid – Best Practices and Next Steps

In this blog post, Robert Hecht and Sarah Bennet describe global health transitions and explain the reasons why they are happening now; point to the risks inherent in the transition process; highlight emerging best practices as well as weak and neglected areas; outline what we see as an emerging analytical agenda; and propose next steps … Continued

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