The Decade of Vaccine Collaboration (DoVC) made two announcements regarding the continuing development of GVAP (Global Vaccine Action Plan). The first was a request for further input on GVAP’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) indicators, noting that the “final set of GVAP indicators” will be presented to the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) during its November 2012 meeting, to the WHO Executive Board in January 2013 and at the World Health Assembly in May 2013. The DoVC said that “as with the GVAP itself, a wider consultation process is requested to secure further input to the indicators before they are finalized for WHO review.” A matrix with the M&E indicators, including operational definitions, data sources, baselines, targets and milestones is available here: http://www.dovcollaboration.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Indicator-work-sheet-11-Sep-2012.xlsx Feedback should be directed to Laurie Werner (email@example.com) by Friday, 5 October 2012.
The second announcement related to defining an accountability framework. The DoVC said that “accountability refers to the cyclical process of assessing progress, documenting success, identifying problems and taking prompt action when and where appropriate. The WHO is taking the lead on strengthening and expanding existing immunization review mechanisms to include the Decade of Vaccines and the GVAP’s indicators.” At the global level, the DoVC announced that “the primary mechanism is the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE).” The announcement noted that “WHO Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Groups and existing mechanisms at the national level, such as the Interagency Coordinating Committees (ICCs) and the National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs), could take on a role similar to that which SAGE has at the global level.”