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French Agency Receives 10 Million Dollar Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support the Establishment of National Vaccine Advisory Committees in Africa and Asia
Date:7/30/2008

to their specific needs. For this, the expertise of National Vaccine Advisory Committees can be critical.

The seven-year grant allocated to AMP to "support the establishment of national processes to enhance evidence-based decision-making in immunization and health" will thus focus on the establishment of National Vaccine Advisory Committees.

The AMP will oversee the entire grant and have main responsibility for its implementation in Africa, while its partner, the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Seoul, Korea, will be responsible for the program in Asia.

Both AMP and IVI will provide technical assistance and guidance to the newly established committees; develop and refine tools to assist committees (such as standard decision-making protocols to be adapted by countries, on-site and distance training opportunities, and an interactive web site); promote sustainability; and share experience in developing and disseminating products and resources that will help other countries to develop their own national advisory committees.

Target countries will be selected among those meeting the requirements for GAVI Alliance funding. Selection criteria will include an assessment of existing capacity and strong local commitment.

About AMP - the Agence de Medecine Preventive is a not-for-profit organization, with headquarters at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, and offices in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire et Senegal. Its mission is to promote preventive medicine in the field of vaccinology and infectious disease. AMP develops expertise and applied research in vaccinology and offers training in epidemiology and in management of public health programmes. AMP also organizes scientific and technical meetings, as well as dissemination of information on health and vaccinology. For more information, please visit http://www.aamp.org

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