Strengthening the Technical Capacity at Country-Level to Make Informed Policy Decisions on New Vaccine Introduction: Lessons Learned by PAHO's ProVac Initiative

Authors: Barbara Jauregui, Anushua Sinha, Andrew Clark, Brenda Bolanos, Stephen Resch, Cristiana Toscano, Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Matus, Jon Andrus

Rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugate and HPV vaccines have the potential to make substantial gains in health, specifically in reducing child mortality and improving women's health.  Decisions regarding new vaccine introduction should be grounded in a broad evidence base that reflects national conditions.  In this paper, we describe the Pan American Health Organization ProVac Initiative's experience in stregthening national decision making regarding new vaccine introduction through five sets of activities: 1) strengthening infrastructure for decision making; 2) developing tools for economic analyses and providing training to national multidisciplinary teams; 3) collecting data, conducting analysis, and gathering a framework of evidencel 4) advocating for evidence-based decisions; and 5) effectively planning for new vaccine introduction when evidence supports it.  Key lessons learned regarding the role of multidisciplinary country teams, provision of direct technical support, development of tools, and provision of distance and in-person training are highlighted.  More

Jauregui, B. et al. 2011 Vaccine. 29 (5): 1099-1106.