AMP's SIVAC Initiative Supports the Creation of a Mongolian National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG)

Paris (ots/PRNewswire) - The inaugural meeting of theMongolian National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) washeld at the Ministry of Health in Ulaanbaatar on December 6, 2010.

The NITAG is the first of its kind in Mongolia and wasestablished based on recommendations from the World HealthOrganization (WHO). The committee's role is to advise the Ministry ofHealth on all issues related to immunization and vaccines such as thechoice of vaccines to introduce, schedules, quality and safety, anddelivery systems.

The NITAG was approved by a ministerial decree issued in August2010 defining terms of reference and procedural guidelines.

The SIVAC (Supporting Independent Immunization and VaccineAdvisory Committees) Initiative, implemented by the Agence deMédecine Préventive (AMP) in partnership with the InternationalVaccine Institute (IVI), played an important role in the creation ofthe NITAG. SIVAC, along with WHO and the WHO Western Pacific RegionalOffice (WPRO), provided technical support to the Mongolian Ministryof Health in establishing committee structure, roles, andresponsibilities.

The first meeting of the Mongolian NITAG aimed to revisetechnical guidelines and to clarify membership issues. The meetingwas chaired by the Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Jadamba Tsolmon, andbrought together 10 newly elected NITAG members. Among other things,it was decided that the National Center for Communicable Diseaseswill serve as the secretariat and that the committee will consist of11 core (voting) members and 9 non-voting members. Members alsoagreed to hold four meetings in 2011 and to develop a detailed workplan.

"This NITAG is a very important step towards country ownership ofimportant health issues," said Dr. Philippe Stoeckel, chairman ofAMP. "It will enable health authorities to formulate immunizationpolicies and strategies according to Mongolia's specific needs. Wehope it will lead to the creation of similar committees in othercountries."

The Mongolian NITAG is the second to be established with supportfrom the SIVAC Initiative. The first was launched in Côte d'Ivoire inJanuary 2010.

RELATED LINKS http://www.sivacinitiative.org http://www.aamp.org http://www.ivi.int CONTACT Sabrina Gaber: amp@aamp.org, Telephone: +33-1-53-86-89-20

ots Originaltext: Agence de Medecine Preventive (AMP)Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.de

Contact:CONTACT: Sabrina Gaber: sgaber@aamp.org, Telephone: +33-1-53-86-89-20

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AMP's SIVAC Initiative Supports the Creation of a Mongolian National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG)