Global Health Department/Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (GHD/EMPHNET) organised a NITAGs inter-country workshop in Amman, Jordan, from 13 to 15 June 2019.
GHD aims to support targeted countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to operationalize their NITAGs according to the globally approved standards, through a comprehensive process.
The objective of the workshop was to develop a common understanding about the NITAG functionality criteria and strengthen NITAGs capacity in terms of recommendation-making process. A functional and effective NITAG helps to provide answers to complex immunisation issues and contributes to the decision-making process, which should be credible, accountable and independent. Therefore, well-trained NITAGs and EPI/NITAG secretariat are of utmost importance.
Participants included NITAG chairs and EPI managers from the follwoing countries: Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
Representative from partner organisations attended and facilitated the workshop: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO/HQ and WHO/EMRO, UNICEF, Gavi, Global NITAG Network (GNN) and NESI/University of Antwerp.
The workshop focused on the functionality of the NITAGs. Findings of the NITAGs assessment exercise that was carried out prior to the workshop were shared with the participants. All partners presented their experience with capacity building of the NITAGs. The participants were also introduced to the concept and process of evidence-based recommendation-making. A framework for monitoring NITAG functionality was discussed and agreed upon.
The training workshop was well received by the participants. They expressed the need for further training and capacity building. The participating countries committed to finalize their respective NITAG improvement plans when returning to their countries.