Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Advisory committees

In the planning, execution and monitoring of its work, the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) may seek advice from independent expert consultants. In most instances, IVR constitutes ad hoc committees that convene to advise on a specific vaccine research-related issue within an agreed time frame.

For some priority areas of work, IVR has constituted standing advisory committees to provide technical and programmatic advice on a more continuous basis. These committees have clear terms of reference that define the scope, membership and operating rules. Deliberations of these committees are an important input to the development of strategic and policy advice as formulated by SAGE.

Members are selected in a transparent process through open calls for nomination based on their technical excellence and knowledge of the field, with due consideration to regional representation and gender. Members must adhere to the operating rules and be compliant with WHO’s conflict of interest policies.

IVR provides the Secretariat to the following advisory committees:

Meetings, workshops and events

Action against meningitis

Technical task force on meningitis

The Technical Taskforce for the development of a "roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030" has held its first meeting in July 2018.

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DEFEATING MENINGITIS BY 2030: baseline situation analysis

The baseline situation analysis (BSA) is intended to inform the development of the global roadmap Defeating meningitis by 2030 and to provide a sound basis to inform its key priorities.

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Initiative for Vaccine Research
Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals
World Health Organization (WHO)
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1211 Geneva 27
Fax: +41 (22) 791 48 60

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