Twelfth meeting of the SEAR technical consultative group for polio eradication and vaccine-preventable diseases
Other Titles12-13 July 2007, New Delhi, India
AbstractThe twelfth meeting of the SEA Region Technical Consultative Group (TCG) for Polio Eradication and Vaccine Preventable Diseases was held in New Delhi, India, on 12-13 July 2007. The terms of reference of the meeting were: (1) To provide policy guidance on technical issues in polio eradication, accelerated measles and rubella control, maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, strengthening routine immunization, surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases, control of Japanese encephalitis, introduction of new vaccines into the national EPI programmes of Member States in the SEA Region and vaccine supply and quality in the Region; and (2) To provide a forum to discuss future immunization goals/strategies for the Region, and ways to accelerate efforts to achieve the immunization-related Millennium Development Goals. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Deputy Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region. The TCG members present were: Professor Lalitha Mendis, Chairperson; Dr R.N. Basu, Vice-Chairperson; Dr Walter Dowdle, Rapporteur; Dr Isao Arita; Dr Stephen Cochi and Dr T. Jacob John. In 2005, the SEA Region developed a Regional Immunization and Vaccine Development (IVD) Strategic Plan for 2006-2009 in keeping with the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) that confirmed the global commitment to immunization as a tool for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Plan set specific regional goals and described relevant regional strategies that reflect the immunization challenges, progress and aspirations of Member States. At its meeting in 2005, the TCG endorsed the Plan and made recommendations for achieving its goals and for completing polio eradication in the Region. At its twelfth meeting in 2007, the TCG reviewed the current progress towards regional goals and provided comments and recommendations to facilitate continued immunization progress. This report further highlights the need for action in the polio eradication initiative and makes recommendations for its urgent completion.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Twelfth meeting of the SEAR technical consultative group for polio eradication and vaccine-preventable diseases. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206508