Workshop on High Threat Pathogens in South-eastern European Countries, Sofia, Bulgaria, 23-24 November 2017






High threat pathogens preparedness and response workshop for south-eastern European countries has been organised on 23-24 November 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The aim of the meeting was to analyze and improve the capacities and capabilities of national public health laboratories in countries of eastern and south Eastern Europe to prepare for, and respond to, emerging and imported high threat pathogens.

Specifically, the objectives were to:

Study visit to the Dutch Institute for Public Health, (RIVM, Nivel, Erasmus MC), 13-15 November 2017

From November 13th to 15th three SECID’s specialists (one from Serbia: Dr Dragana Dimitrijevic and two from Montenegro: Dr Božidarka Rakocevic and Ana Radulovic) conducted a study visit to RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment); NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) and Erasmus MC. This activity was part of the project "Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza by the National Health Authorities of Countries of South East Europe", financed by CDC, USA.

The annual meeting of MoH and Veterinary Authorities , Hisaria, Bulgaria

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Participants from different organizations admitted the meeting.

Revised Cased Definition Testing Workshop- 16 November 2017

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