Keynote: Helen Rees, SAGE



The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in 1999 to provide guidance on the work of the WHO Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department. SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. It is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccines and technology, research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. SAGE is concerned not just with childhood vaccines and immunization, but all vaccine-preventable diseases.

SAGE:  Terms of Reference

WHO posted background documents and presentations from the SAGE meeting of 5-7 April 2011 including:

– Report from IVB Director J-M. Okwo-Bele Report from IVB Director  pdf, 5.60Mb

WHO- GIVS: Progress report and strategic direction for the ‘Decade of Vaccines’
pdf, 282kb

WHO-UNICEF. Draft of Delivering Immunization in the Next Decade (V14-01-2011)
pdf, 1.25Mb

Decade of vaccines – draft

– Regional priorities, major policy and implementation issues: reports from AFR, EMR  and SEAR

– Report from the GAVI Alliance secretariat  GAVI report   pdf, 2.31Mb

– Reports from other Advisory Committees in Immunization

   Report from the Advisory Committee of the Initiative (IVAC) pdf, 1.15Mb
– Report of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) pdf, 1.04Mb

– Pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccines

– Tick-borne encephalitis

– Meningococcal meningitis vaccines

– Rubella vaccination

– Polio eradication

– Update on evidence-based review process and GRADing of quality of scientific


– Cholera vaccine: feed-back on implementation of SAGE recommendations











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