Joint WHO/UNICEF statement for cholera vaccine use in tsunami-affected areas

Decision-making process for OCV use/deployment

  • Request for OCV use should be initiated by the Ministry of Health of the country.
  • The decision for deployment of OCV should be taken by an Advisory Panel which will base its decision upon analysis of a set of prerequisites. Terms of reference of the Advisory Panel are similar to the ones of the ICG3 . The Advisory Panel consists of:
    • WHO Headquarters: Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals; Global Task Force on cholera control; Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR)/Alert and Response Operations (ARO)/Epidemic Readiness and Interventions (ERI)
    • WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia and the WHO Representative
    • UNICEF Headquarters and UNICEF Regional Office
  • Advice and guidance for implementation of the mass vaccination campaign using OCV will be provided through the WHO Global Task Force on Cholera Control.

3ICG: Interagency Coordinating Group for deployment of meningitis vaccines