SAGE is the principal advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) for vaccines and immunization. It advises WHO on global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine and technology, research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. SAGE is concerned will all vaccine-preventable diseases.
National technical advisory groups review the status of polio eradication in the country and make recommendations on local strategy, priorities and programme operations. Currently, countries have different titles for their technical advisory groups. In addition, two technical advisory groups cover multiple countries – one for central Africa and one for the Horn of Africa. Regional technical advisory groups review the status of polio eradication in countries of the region and makes recommendations on actions for achieving eradication.
The Polio Research Committee (PRC) provides guidance on overall strategic direction in research, identifies unmet research needs, and assists in identifying investigators and designing studies to answer unanswered research questions.
The Global Certification Commission oversees the certification process for polio eradication. It also receives and reviews regional commission reports and – if and when appropriate – will issue a report to the WHO Director-General to certify that the circulation of wild polioviruses has been interrupted globally.
Comprised of public health and scientific experts, regional certification commissions independently verify polio eradication for all countries in the region.
The Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE) was the global technical advisory body of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and was disbanded in 2010 ahead of the formation of the Independent Monitoring Board.
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