PIVI works at the headquarter, regional, and country levels with technical collaborators to implement influenza vaccination programs and/or pandemic plans. In countries that have pandemic preparedness plans and/or national seasonal flu programs in place, we partner to evaluate and improve these plans and programs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is PIVI’s primary technical collaborator. CDC epidemiologists work closely with the PIVI/TFGH project team to engage partner countries and conduct vaccine program evaluations, acceptability surveys, and generate key evidence for local decision-makers. CDC also partners with countries to develop national influenza vaccination policies, often in close coordination with PIVI, in order to best leverage the work being done in-country. CDC experts also participate in PIVI’s strategic planning and are active members of the Leadership team.
NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups)
NITAG are independent committees of science experts that help country ministries of health make effective policy decisions about which vaccines to implement and when to administer them. PIVI supports the strengthening and development of NITAG activities as part of its technical assistance.
The Southeast European Center of Infectious Diseases (SECID)
SECID facilitates work in detection and prevention of influenza and other infectious diseases in southeastern Europe, specifically providing regional support for technical meetings held in Albania and Moldova.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO identifies the risk groups that PIVI- supported flu vaccination programs typically target, including pregnant women, healthcare workers, children under 5 years old, older adults, and those with health conditions. WHO helps set global standards and guidance for activities such as disease burden estimation, economic burden and vaccine program cost estimation, and cost-effectiveness analyses. WHO’s work goes beyond planning and evidence-based work and includes program implementation and creation of evaluation tools.
Regional WHO Offices and Country WHO Offices
Regional WHO Offices support countries’ health priorities through trainings, evaluations, and vaccination communications resources. They help PIVI facilitate relationships with country partners, offering their perspectives on a country’s capacity to execute a national seasonal influenza vaccination program. Country WHO Offices help carry out public health activities. This work might include disease burden surveillance, vaccination campaigns, and questionnaires or surveys.
The African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE)
ANISE collaborates with PIVI, providing technical assistance to partner countries to develop their evidence bases.