On the 30.06.2014 at the Federal Institute for Public Health in Sarajevo, BiH was held ILI/SARI workshop. It was attended by representatives of the Federal Institute for Public Health, three clinical centers in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Mostar, and the Cantonal public health institutes from Tuzla, Sarajevo and Mostar (19 total).
After the opening speech by Doc.dr Aida Pilav (Federal Ministry of Health of BiH) who welcomed the participants and introduced the recommendations for introduction of sentinel surveillance in the country, four speakers presented the following topics:
• Sentinel surveillance ILI - Dr Željko Ler
• Sentinel surveillance SARI - Dr Jelena Ravlija
• Laboratory guidelines for diagnosing influenza infections - Prof. Mirsada Hukić.
In the introductory part of the workshop, Prof. Semra Čavaljuga presented a report from the annual assembly meeting organized by the Centre for surveillance and control of communicable diseases in southeastern Europe.
After the presentation of the draft guidelines, there were discussed the ways of their implementation.
The participants were very satisfied to take part in this project and to establish contacts with colleagues from the region and to exchange experiences.
It was agreed that the guidelines will be corrected in some parts and it will be delivered in SECID, but they still need to be as drafts, considering that in the course of implementation during the second year of the project likely for changes to happen.
Participants were informed of plans to held more workshops in BiH, prior to the implementation of sentinel surveillance.