Updated guidance to support countries in the development of National Immunization Strategies (NIS) is now available in English, French and Russian at https://www.who.int/teams/immunization-vaccines-and-biologicals/vaccine-access/planning-and-financing/nis. The Guidance is accompanied by a new and simplified costing approach to support the NIS process, NIS.COST https://immunizationeconomics.org/unicef-niscost, as well as guidance on Annual Operational Planning (AOPs).
The new NIS guidance focuses on more informed, country owned, and sustainable decision-making and the prioritization of interventions needed to reach zero dose children and communities (beyond the previous GVAP/cMYP target of 90% coverage). It also supports a dialogue between the Ministry of Health and Finance to ensure an agreed financial envelope is available to fund NIS key strategic priorities. In addition, there is greater emphasis on a broad and inclusive dialogue at the country level and greater integration with the health care system beyond immunization.
This first webinar in a series will provide an introduction to the new approach and the available guidance. The session will be translated into Spanish, Portuguese and French. The series will continue in 2022 focusing on specific steps in the NIS development process such as the costing approach and situation analysis.
When: Tuesday, 14 March - 10am EST - 3pm CET
- Nathalie Vande Maele, Health Economist, Global Access Team, IVB, WHO
- Ulla Griffiths, Senior Advisor, Immunisation Financing and Health Systems Strengthening, UNICEF
- Dr. Luis Andres De Francisco
- Dra. Martha Velandia
- Dra. Margherita Ghiselli