[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper presents the results of a global survey that aimed to collect information on country's immunization policy development processes, particularly on the presence and function of national Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (ITAGs). Characteristics of national ITAGs are described as well as attributes of these groups that appear to be imperative for an effective ITAG. ITAGs provide a valued service to over 89 countries that reported their establishment, some of which have been in existence for over 40 years. This paper provides basic information on the functioning of these groups and encourages future efforts to address gaps in knowledge and research in this area.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This systematic review aimed to collect and synthesize information available on immunization policy making processes in countries across the globe. Twenty-nine published articles and five websites in either English or French provided varied information on the immunization policy making processes in 33 countries. The information retrieved varied from players involved to types of evidence used when making immunization policies. Fourteen countries reported the presence of a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG), an advisory body that provides immunization recommendations to the national government to facilitate their policy making. In conclusion, there is relatively limited information available on immunization policy making processes at the national level.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper reports the results of a global survey on the topic of national immunization policy development. Countries reported on actors involved, sources of evidence consulted, challenges faced and desired changes in their immunization policy development processes. Most countries had established or would like to establish a national Immunization Technical Advisory Group (ITAG). Countries reported using many sources of information; the most valued being those from the World Health Organization (WHO). Common challenges of immunization policy development reported include funding, capturing the epidemiology of disease and coordination of government and stakeholders.
Health Policy 02/2010; 96(2):154-9. · 1.51 Impact Factor