From November 13th to 15th three SECID’s specialists (one from Serbia: Dr Dragana Dimitrijevic and two from Montenegro: Dr Božidarka Rakocevic and Ana Radulovic) conducted a study visit to RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment); NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) and Erasmus MC. This activity was part of the project "Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza by the National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe", financed by CDC, USA.
On the 27-28.09.2017 in town of Hisaria, Bulgaria, was held second annual meeting of human and veterinarian experts on influenza preparedness within the project “Surveillance and Response To Avian And Pandemic Influenza”, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), executed by “Southeast European Centre for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases”.
Participants from different organizations admitted the meeting.
In the framework of the fifth year implementation of the Project ‘Surveillance and response to avian and pandemic influenza’, funded by Center of Disease Control Prevention (CDC), on 9 October 2017, in Albania was organized a workshop to enhance and strengthen the surveillance of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) in Tirana. The workshop focused on the assessment of the influenza sentinel ILI centers for the last four influenza seasons.
In the framework of the fifth year implementation of the Project ‘Surveillance and response to avian and pandemic influenza’, funded by Center of Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Romania- The National Centre for Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Control, in collaboration with INC, Cantacuzino’ and ARPS (Romanian Health Promotion Association), organized a national workshop, on 19-20 October 2017.
The main activities conducted in Romania during the fourth year implementation of the of the Project “Surveillance and response to avian and pandemic influenza‟, funded by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were as following:
In the framework of the fourth year of Project "Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza by National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe" in Serbia was conducted supervision of sentinel sites since March 2017 until August 2017. During this period were supervised IPH, sentinel Public Health Centers in districts and one sentinel hospital.
From 05 May to 14 June 2017 sentinel site visits were conducted on 14 ILI/ARI sentinel sites and 4 sentinel SARI sites in Macedonia. Site visits were organized by the Institute of Public Health (IPH). Each site was visited by a team of two experts involved in the sentinel surveillance (one person from epidemiology department and one person from virology laboratory).
On the 15.06.2017 in NCIPD, Sofia was held expert meeting on topic “Web based information system for reporting hospitalized cases of acute respiratory disease” within the fourth year of the project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza”, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and executed by “Southeast European Centre for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases”.
- ILI surveillance in the capital city Tirana
Before the start of influenza season 2016-2017 training sessions were organized and conducted by NIC and Institute of Public Health with the medical staff (pediatricians, infectologists, nurses and laboratory physicians of two health centers) regarding the specimen collection, storage and transport.
Data are collected throughout the year and during influenza season – from week 40 to week 20 - with a weekly frequency of reporting by these health facilities.
A round table focusing on the end of Influenza season 2016-2017, surveillance, virus characteristics and coordination of activities at all levels of health care system, took place at the Institute of Public Health of Kosovo*.
Participants were sentinel doctors, epidemiologists, infectiologists, primary and secondary health care workers.
During the meeting participants discussed about the epidemiological situation, the strengthens, the gaps and collaboration among all health sectors, as well as the role of health care workers in detecting and early management of cases.