Chairs of National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) and National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI) from Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Oman, Sudan, and Palestine attended a five-day training on vaccinology. The training took place in Amman, Jordan January 30-February 3, 2022, facilitated by GHD|EMPHNET in collaboration with the Network for Education and Support in Immunization (NESI), UNICEF, the WHO, The Task Force for Global Health, Global taskforce and the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA).
As independent bodies made up of technical experts, NITAGs support their ministries of health and immunization programs with evidence-based advice to inform immunization-related policies. Their role at the national level complements the international efforts of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) and the regional work of the Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (RITAGs).
The training is part of GHD|EMPHNET's work in support of strengthening the functionality of NITAGs. The training serves to enable NITAGs to expand their expertise in vaccinology whereby they can further guide national immunization programs in this area.
The training provided a comprehensive overview of the vaccinology field, from vaccine development and clinical trials to the implementation and use within the Expanded Program on Immunization.