Organization of a Training Course for NITAG Capacity-Building in Nairobi

April 1, 2015

The aim of the SIVAC Initiative is to strengthen the NITAGs' capacities to develop immunization policy recommendations which are both evidence-based and take into account local specificities.

To meet the needs of the countries as fully as possible, the SIVAC Initiative, together with its partners, has created a training catalogue for NITAGs on various themes:

  1. Establishing and running an operational NITAG
  2. Analysis of healthcare systems, of immunization and of the decision-making process in immunization policy
  3. Preparing an evidence-based recommendation
  4. A set of on-demand training courses on specific subjects (use of economic data in decision-making, social and anthropological approach to immunization, GRADE method for systematically reviewing studies).

The SIVAC Initiative organized, from April 20 to 24 in Nairobi, Kenya, a training workshop aimed at NITAG resource persons. The aim was to deepen their knowledge of the courses' technical content, notably the methods for evaluating the best available evidence when issuing a recommendation, and to train them to teaching techniques drawing from the SIVAC training manual. Nine persons took part in it alongside the facilitators (AMP and University of Cape Town): these included members of the Mozambican and Indian NITAGs, one representative of WHO-Côte d’Ivoire, representatives of the Nigerian Ministry of Health and of the Clinton Foundation (team tasked with preparing the Nigeria NITAG profile project). Support activities have been planned (such as providing support to the organization of future national or regional training workshops) to give participants an opportunity to gain experience in NITAG capacity-building.