PAHO’s ProVac Initiative helps national immunization programs managers and policymakers make more robust, evidence based decisions. Since 2004, the ProVac Initiative and its collaborators have trained hundreds of people at ministries of health in the Americas and elsewhere on the development and use of vaccine impact, cost and cost-effectiveness data to inform decision making. More than 30 countries have received direct technical assistance to conduct cost or cost-effectiveness analyses on immunization programs from the Initiative.
The ProVac approach involves a clearly defined country-led process for developing evidence to inform decisions on the uptake of new vaccines that increases ownership and trust in the results by national authorities. This toolkit summarizes ProVac tools and guidance developed to date.