The CDC Site Visit to Albania took place from 26th April to 3rd May 2014. The visit included Influenza Surveillance Review (conducted by Stacey Spivey-Blackford (CDC) and Carina Blackmore (CSTE)) and Influenza Laboratory Capacity Review (conducted by Richard Alexander and Amy Woron (APHL))
The purpose of the visit was to assist with the systematic, standardized review of influenza sentinel site surveillance system and to help identify problems and design solutions.
Specific objectives included:
- Obtain a clear understanding of the structure of the surveillance system as developed, while understanding both strengths and opportunities for improvement.
- Provide quality technical assistance, feedback, and recommendations for changes to achieve system goals.
- Provide basic recommendations on conducting surveillance data quality assurance and monitoring and establishing solid laboratory and epidemiologic data integration.