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Study Visit on Influenza Surveillance in Lisbon, May 21 – 23th , 2018



From 21th to 23th of May 2018 a study visit on influenza surveillance took place in Lisbon, Portugal.    
This was an activity planned in the framework of the fifth year of the project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza”, funded by Center of Disease Control Prevention (CDC).


Montenegro and Serbia were participatory countries involved in this study visit. Serbian team was composed by Dragana Dimitrijevic MD, epidemiologist and Head of Department for epidemiological surveillance in the Center for Prevention and Control of Diseases and Lidija Stankovic, Master of Information systems and technologies and Head of Biostatistics at Informatics and Biostatistics Department both from Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”, and from Montenegro team was  Božidarka  Rakočević, MD, MSc,  Specialist of Epidemiology,  Director of Centre for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention and Ana Radulovic, mathematician both from Institute of Public Health Montenegro.
Aim of the visit was to have an overview of the National Surveillance System of Influenza.
The main objectives:                                                                                                                                             
-Understand the capacities including resources and tools, electronic tools that support the national surveillance system                                                                                                                                             
- Understand the process and procedures linked to:                                                                                  
 Sentinel Surveillance                                                     
 Surveillance of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection i.e. Intensive Care Unit Surveillance,                                       
 Laboratory Surveillance,                                                                                                                          
 Integration, Analysis and Dissemination of Information and Data from the National to International level               
 Understand Intersectoral Interactions with Veterinary Services within Avian Influenza