In the framework of the Project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza’, funded by Centre of Disease Control Prevention (CDC), on 30 March was organized ‘Annual Regional Influenza Meeting of Countries of South East Europe (SEE)’, in Zagreb, Croatia.
Representatives from SEE Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Kosovo[i]*), CDC, WHO/Europe and South East European Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Control (SECID) attended the meeting.
The aim of this meeting was to present the new developments in influenza surveillance and pandemic preparedness and response in SEE countries and discuss challenges and the way forward.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- Evaluating the new developments of Influenza surveillance in SEE countries by using the data from influenza surveillance evaluation and monitoring system
- Discussing influenza and avian influenza outbreaks, and pandemic preparedness and response plans and presenting the one health and whole society challenges to implement them.
- Presenting the current role of NIC and the challenges to maintain them in SEE countries
- Discussing how better health information system and database management are improving influenza surveillance and response.
- Evaluating the performance of all activities and the challenges faced during 5 years of Influenza project implementation and present way forward to build sustainable Influenza surveillance and response systems in SEE Countries
[i] *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.