South Eastern European Influenza Laboratory Management Course Istanbul, Turkey

May, 19–23 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and in collaboration with the Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe have been organizing a laboratory management training course for influenza laboratories in select Eastern European countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia). The countries are working with CDC to build capacity to detect, diagnose, and respond to influenza and other respiratory diseases.

The influenza laboratory management course has been held in Istanbul, Turkey, 19-23 May 2014.The course was designed to help laboratories to understand the role and responsibilities of achieving and maintaining the WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre status, and improve global influenza surveillance systems. The course has provided information on a variety of laboratory management topics for Influenza laboratory managers and staff.

The course format allowed participants (24 in total) to gain knowledge and information for implementation within their own laboratories. The course topics included: Human Resources Basics, Biosafety for Lab Managers, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Specimen Collection and Processing, Laboratory Testing and Test Result Reporting, and how to achieve and maintain the WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre status

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