Advisory committees

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In order to inform decision making on some specific issues with regard to the management of the Regional Office, the Regional Director may establish Ad Hoc and Standing Committees and designate their members. These committees serve in an advisory role in various matters such as: nominations for awards; selection, appointment or reassignment of staffs; facilitating of relations between the staff members and the Management; promotion of healthy and safe workplace.

The Regional Director may also establish Task Forces and Experts Committees. These are advisory groups aimed at providing technical advice on the strategic approaches and technical content of AFRO programmes for effective implementation in support to Member States. The Task Forces and Experts Committees relate to specific technical programmes.

The following Committees/Task Forces are operational:


The African Advisory Committee for Research and Development (AACHRD)

The African Advisory Committee for Research and development was established in 1979 to provide advice on matters of health research policies and development strategies.

The AFRO Advisory Committee of Experts on Malaria (AACEM)

The AFRO Advisory Committee was established in April 2006 to provide advice to the Regional Director on matters related to sustainable malaria control in the African Region.

The Expert Group on Primary Health Care

The Expert Group on Primary Health Care was established in October 2007 to provide advice to the Regional Director on matters related to strengthening health systems using the Primary Health Care approach.

The Task Force on Immunization in Africa (TFI)

The Task Force on Immunization was established in 1993 to provide advice to the Regional Director cost-effective strategies aimed at ensuring the delivery of quality immunization services in the African Region.