The Institute of Public Health of Serbia ’’D. Milan Jovanovic Batut’’ organized on 3 June 2014 the Annual Influenza Meeting of Vet and IPH with coordinators and deputy coordinators for influenza, veterinarians and infectiologists. In the meeting it was discussed influenza surveillance in humans and animals, as well as it was pointed out the multi sectorial collaboration in terms of assessment of influenza activity.
During July 2014 a couple of SARI sites visits have been conducted in Croatia:
- on 10th July at Clinical Hospital Centre in Rjeka and
- on 21st July at University Hospital of Infectious Diseases of Zagreb.
On 10th July 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Croatian National Institute of Public Health (CNIPH), took place the Annual Influenza Meeting. The activity was organized within the framework of implementation of the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe” Project.
CNIPH Director, Dr. Tamara Poljičanin opened the meeting.
The presentations were:
Within the framework of the Project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe”, on 03.07.2014 at the Federal Institute for Public Health was held the workshop with participation of health care professionals from the Primary health care center Novi Grad, designated for sentinel surveillance ILI in the Federation, BiH.
The workshop was attended by 21 participants from services for paediatrics, school and family medicine. The topics included:
On the 30.06.2014 at the Federal Institute for Public Health in Sarajevo, BiH was held ILI/SARI workshop. It was attended by representatives of the Federal Institute for Public Health, three clinical centers in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Mostar, and the Cantonal public health institutes from Tuzla, Sarajevo and Mostar (19 total).
On 01st of July 2014 at the Public Health Institute of the Republic of Srpska, BiH, in Banja Luka was organized the Meeting of Sentinel Doctors.
On 21 June 2014 the Annual Influenza meeting was held in Sandanski, Bulgaria. The Meeting was attended by experts from the Ministry of Health; Bulgarian Food Safety Agency; Veterinary Institute; Bulgarian Society for Innovative Medicine (NGO); representative of WHO Office, Sofia.
The meeting was opened by Dr. Valery Tzekov, MD, Bulgarian Society of innovative medicines.
On 20 May 2014 at the IPH of Kosovo* was held the meeting of sentinel doctors. The doctors were selected from sentinel centers, (Pristina region, Prizren region and NIPH) determined after few criteria: results of evaluation of routine surveillance system, the number of patients and number of population in these regions
This activity took place within the framework of the Project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe”.
A Study visit to Slovenia has been organized from 14th to 15th of May 2014 by the Kosovo* team of Influenza Project.
The aim of the study visit was to learn from organization and implementation of Influenza Surveillance in Slovenia. The Kosovo team met experts from Institute of Public Health – Ljubjana and from Slovenia NIC.
The visit will help Kosovo* team on further work on influenza; during the visit they learned about:
WHO/Europe has been holding annual influenza surveillance meetings jointly with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) since 2011. This meeting brings together epidemiologists and virologists – the national influenza surveillance focal points – from 50 Member States to discuss national, regional and global surveillance related to seasonal influenza and novel influenza viruses, such as avian influenza A(H7N9).