The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Council of State Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the South East European Centre for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID), organized the training course “Improving Influenza Program Management Practices” which was held on March 26th – March 29th, 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
The main goal of the course was to implement a formal mentoring program to provide remote technical assistance and guidance in support of the Influenza Program including surveillance, sentinel site and overall system management.
The mentorship program provides opportunity to connect US and international surveillance programs to identify and prioritize areas for building capacities in surveillance program management, develop implementation plans for priority recommendations and work together to achieve impactful advancements over a one year time frame. The course was designed to provide opportunities for countries to review and revise their programs. The final objective of the course was to introduce and discuss a sustainability component and to encourage country programs to begin incorporating the ideas of sustainability into their yearly plans.
Twenty participants from eight countries participated in the course, three representatives from SECID, two representatives from WHO and representatives from CSTE & CDC.
As a pilot course in the basic surveillance management, the participants rated the course quite high and appreciated the opportunity to discuss topics not generally covered by other courses.