Two representatives of SECID Albania, Dr. Silvia Bino, Influenza Project General Coordinator and Ms. Ledia Agolli, Influenza Business Official conducted a Mission Trip to Belgrade, Serbia on 30 June 2017. During this visit took place various meetings:
Annual Influenza Surveillance Meeting was held from 20 to 22 June, in Stockholm, Sweden.
The meeting focused on epidemiological and virological aspects of influenza surveillance and other influenza-related topics, especially prevention and vaccination.
Institute of Public Health of Montenegro organized Annual Influenza Meeting, on 16 June 2017. The aim of this meeting was to improve epidemiological, epizootiological and virusological influenza surveillance, as well as to point out a multisectorial collaboration in terms of assessment of influenza activity.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) invited two specialists from laboratory of IPH Albania to visit a U.S. public health laboratory.
This site visit that took place from June 5 to June 10, 2017, in Emeryville, CA, USA was organised in the frame work of the CDC/APHL SEE Quality Assurance Mentor Program and it was based on Albanian specialists’ laboratory’s exemplary performance throughout the mentorship program over the past year.
Institute of Public Health of Serbia ’’Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut’’ on 31May 2017 organized Annual Influenza Meeting of Vet and IPH to discuss influenza surveillance in humans and animals as well as to point out the importance of multi sectorial collaboration in terms to assessment of influenza activities, with coordinators and deputy coordinators for influenza, veterinarians and infectiologists.
In the framework of fourth year implementation of the Project Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic by National Health Authorities of Countries of SEE, Supported by CDC, USA, in Montenegro, from 28 April – 26 May 2017 was carried out the supervision of influenza sites in the following health care institutions of the country:
According to the action plan of the fourth year of project “Surveillance And Response To Avian And Pandemic Influenza”, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on 20-21 March 2017 at National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Kosovo* was held the training on “Influenza surveillance and outbreak coordination – including new sentinel sites”. At this training participate sentinel sites representatives, epidemiologist, infectiologists, pediatricians, pulmonologists and GP-s.
On February 24th, 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina SECID organised the Annual Influenza Meeting on “Improving Influenza Surveillance and Pandemic Response in SEE Countries”. This event took place in the framework of the five year project Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza supported by CDC, Atlanta, USA.
The aim of the meeting was to present the achievements and challenges of influenza surveillance and pandemic preparedness in SEE countries.
The objectives were:
In the period 22 July - 29 September 2016, teams from the Institute of Public Health (IPH) composed by one epidemiologist and one person from the lab for virology and molecular diagnosis, performed sentinel site visits to 14 sentinel ILI sites and 3 sentinel SARI sites. For the visit, a unique form to conduct sentinel site visit was used and reports are prepared for every sentinel site. The number of staff included in the surveillance is from 2 to 4 and it is always a team of one medical doctor and one nurse. All of them have good evidence and can find required data at any time.
A three days meeting of the representatives from the responsible health institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, Federal Ministry of health, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the RS, Department for Health and Other services of Brcko District BiH, Public Health Institutes of the Federation BiH and the Republika Srpska) was held in Teslić, on 4th July and from 14 -15 July 2016. Participants have presented current situation in the health sector and the results achieved with regards to surveillance system and lab