SECID hosts ‘Time to detect and Time to respond meeting’

On the 10th to 12th April 2017, the South Eastern European Centre for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases, SECID, held a meeting entitled ‘Time to Detect and Time to Respond of Outbreaks and Surveillance Digitalisation Challenges in SEE Countries’ in Tirana, Albania. The meeting was part of the Project ‘Improving early detection and response of country and cross border diseases, events and risks by digitalisation of priority surveillance sources’, in partnership and supported by Skoll Global Threats Fund. The aim was to analyse surveillance and response systems in South Eastern European countries, their level of digitalisation and to launch a common methodology to analyse timeliness of detection and response. As a result a SWOT analysis of surveillance systems and their digitalisation was performed as well as a common methodology to analyse the data related to timeliness was prepared and discussed to allow the comparison of the epidemiological information among the countries in the region and evaluate how digitalisation will improve it. However, the digitalisation of surveillance systems in most of the countries is still poor or non-existent but some systems such as those in Croatia, Bulgaria and Montenegro may serve as models for the other region members. In this three day meeting there were participants from different areas such as epidemiologists, public health specialists, information technology managers and specialists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo*, as well as representatives from SGTF, WHO EURO, CORDS and RKI.