Press Release

Fostering Respiratory Surveillance: A Collaborative Workshop in Albania

15 March 2024

A collaborative initiative titled "Fostering Respiratory Surveillance: A Workshop Mosaic in Albania" saw successful participation from the World Health Organization (WHO HQ, WHO EURO, WHO CO), US CDC Atlanta, SECID, and the Institute of Public Health in Albania.

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Recognizing the intricate nature of respiratory virus surveillance akin to assembling a mosaic, the WHO Respiratory Surveillance Mosaic Framework was developed through extensive consultations with member states and regions.

Participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Institute of Public Health, University Hospitals, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and international experts, contributed to deepening knowledge on enhancing respiratory virus surveillance during sessions held from March 4 to 14, 2024.

The workshop focused on identifying shortcomings in surveillance systems and outlining actions to strengthen them, such as detecting and assessing emerging respiratory viruses, monitoring epidemiological characteristics, and utilizing data for epidemic or pandemic preparedness.

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