Strengthening the technical capacity at country-level to make informed policy decisions on new vaccine introduction: Lessons learned by PAHO's ProVac Initiative


Jauregui, B; Sinha, A; Clark, AD; Bolanos, BM; Resch, S; Toscano, CM; Matus, CR; Andrus, JK; (2011) Strengthening the technical capacity at country-level to make informed policy decisions on new vaccine introduction: Lessons learned by PAHO's ProVac Initiative. Vaccine, 29 (5). pp. 1099-1106. ISSN 0264-410X DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.11.075

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Abstract

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 strengthening 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 evidence; (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. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cost-effectiveness, Evidence-based decisions, Latin America, Caribbean, Economic evaluation, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, Rotavirus, vaccines, Human papillomavirus vaccines, Influenza vaccines
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Research Centre: Vaccine Centre
PubMed ID: 21144916
Web of Science ID: 287295800033
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1153

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