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Mission of WHO & SECID and Workshop in Sarajevo

On 10th and 11th of March 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, took place a mission of WHO & SECID, as well as the Country Workshop to discuss Influenza Surveillance, in 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.

The mission was composed by Dr. Diana Gross – WHO EURO and Dr. Silvia Bino and Ms. Ledia Agolli – SECID. They attended the workshop as well. The goal of the workshop was to determine the current status of influenza surveillance system in FBIH and to evaluate it using WHO Influenza Guidelines The workshop was held in the Federal Public Health Institute. The Director of the Federal Public Health Institute, Prim Dr Zeljko Ler gave the welcoming speech.

Prof. Dr. Semra Cavaljuga, BIH Project Coordinator presented the Surveillance and Respose to Avian and Pandemic Influenza Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prof. Dr. Silvia Bino from SECID presented about strengthening capacities of countries of SEE for surveillance and response to Influenza. Dr. Diana Gross from WHO EURO presented the importance of assessment of Influenza Surveillance system.

Afterwards two separate working groups were set up to discuss about surveillance assessment. Their conclusions were presented in the plenary session at the end of the workshop and based on their conclusions a report was produced.

During the stay in Sarajevo the mission of WHO & SECID organized a meeting with the Director of Federal Public Health Institute as well as visits to the Clinical Centre University of Sarajevo – Department of Microbiology and to the Cantonal Public Health Institute Sarajevo.  The importance of strengthening the cooperation and collaboration and exchanging experiences among the SEE countries regarding to strengthening influenza surveillance was emphasized in the above meetings.