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‘One Health’ Leishmaniasis

On 29 – 30 October 2014, in Tirana, Albania took place One Health Leishmaniasis Meeting.

This activity was organized by Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID) in cooperation with Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS) and was funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The meeting aimed to establish a One Health Leishmaniasis Communication Platform in countries of Southeast Europe and Middle East and moving further on with data query and sharing system and risk index. The idea is to bring two regions (South East Europe and Middle East) together to the control of a neglected disease by using one health concept. 

This was an example of successful collaboration between two networks: SECID and MECIDS under the umbrella of CORDS. Furthermore, distinguished experts from different countries gave their valuable contribution in meeting development. 

Scope of the meeting:

To present a web based ‘’One Health’’ Leishmaniasis, information and communication platform and discuss further collaborative initiatives with partners, donors and stakeholders.

Objectives of the meeting 

1. To increase the awareness of Leishmaniasis the second most important parasitic disease in the world after Malaria by using the communication and information platform.

2. To improve one health communication and cooperation within SECID and between MECIDS, SECID and APEIR.

3. Use the web based platform to improve one health surveillance and control of Leishmaniasis as a model to be applied to other priority diseases.

4. To promote and discuss future one health ‘’cross-network’’ initiatives.

5. To develop and test evidence based strategies for the treatment and control of Leishmaniasis.

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