Report of the Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group meeting

Report of the Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group meeting - June 2017

The Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) met in Brazzaville, Congo at the Hotel Ledger from 16th to 17th June 2017 for its first ordinary meeting of the year. Dr Joseph Cabore the Director, Programme Management, WHO AFRO, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. He also declared the meeting open. Present at the opening and subsequent sessions were immunization partners and donors as well as representatives of civil society organizations, immunization staff from the countries and various levels of WHO (ISTs, Regional Office and Immunization and Polio Directors from HQ).

The primary goals of the meeting were to update the RITAG members on progress made in the programme, current priorities as well as levels of achievement of the recommendations from the previous RITAG meetings and to seek their advice and guidance on current specific challenges and programme plans and activities. Some of the recent priority areas in immunization in the African Region were discussed in sessions of the meeting after the brief presentations made by the secretariat. In these sessions, the progress made was summarized, challenges highlighted and the RITAG members given the opportunity to discuss and to provide advice. At the end, a number of key recommendations were made.