The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in collaboration with the Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID) has organized a One year milestone Quality Assurance (QA) Mentoring Program Meeting and Biosafety Course for Southeast European influenza laboratories. The meeting and course was held on May 9-13, 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.
In the framework of the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza" Project , in Kosovo* was organized “Training on Influenza Surveillance and Outbreak Response”.
The participants of the workshop were epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists from sentinel sites and microbiologists, 33 participants in total.
On the 29 February- 1 March 2016, SECID organized the meeting “Measuring the success of Influenza Sentinel surveillance” in Tirana, Albania. This meeting was organized within the framework of the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza" Project. This meeting was attended by Influenza Managers of the South East Europe Countries, Regional Office for Europe and ECDC representatives.
The aim of this meeting was to present the achievements and challenges of ILI/SARI surveillance.
The objectives of the meeting were:
ILI/SARI workshop of Albania took place on the 19th February 2016 in the Bitola, Macedonia, within the framework of the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza" Project.
The participants of the workshop were specialist from IPH, medical doctors from Hospitals in Tirana, epidemiologist from districts, Vet specialists. SECID’s representatives were also present in the workshop.
The workshop was focused on
According to the work plan of the Project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe”, the Annual Influenza season Meeting (two days), was held on December 2015.
The participants, 30 in total, were from sentinel Sites, Epidemiologists, Infectologists, and Pediatricians, specialists from IUC and Pulmologists and GP-s.
On the 29th September 2015 in the premises of the Institute of Public Health (IPH)-Skopje, a one day workshop for sentinel ILI sites (old and new ones) was organized with 30 participants from 6 ILI sites selected in 2014, as well as 9 new ILI sites from 2015 and corresponding regional centers for public health.
SECID, at the Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania with the technical support of ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden has organized on 17 -18 September 2015, in Podgorica, Montenegro the Training on How To Report Influenza Data Through The European Surveillance System (TESSy). This activity has been organized in the framework of the project “Surveillance And Response To Avian And Pandemic Influenza”, with Grant Nr. 5U51IP000841-02 and it is funded by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Within the framework of the Project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe”, following activities were implemented during period March – July 2015.
a) Meeting with sentinel ILI sites
Annual Influenza Meeting of Vet and IPH was held in the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro on 16 June 2015.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, representatives of Veterinary Institutes, Clinic for Infectious Diseases KCCG, Specialized Veterinary Laboratory, IPHs-influenza coordinators, epidemiologist and specialists of infectious disease.
The Institute of Public Health of Serbia ’’Dr Milan JovanovicBatut’’ organized Annual Influenza Meeting, on June 3rd, 2015 aiming at improving epidemiological, epizootiological and virological influenza surveillance, as well as to point out a multisectorial collaboration in terms of assessment of influenza activity.