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Fourth EMARIS meeting and first scientific conference on acute respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Fourth EMARIS meeting and first scientific conference on acute respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Fourth EMARIS meeting and first scientific conference on acute respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean RegionThe World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted the First Scientific Conference on Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in Amman, Jordan from 11 to 14 December 2017. 

The conference was held together with the Fourth Meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance (EMARIS) Network, in collaboration with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET).

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WHO conducts virus detection workshop to limit epidemic and pandemic influenza

WHO conducts virus detection workshop to limit epidemic and pandemic influenza

Laboratory technician identifies the type of virus using WHO standard influenza kits during influenza virus identification workshop held from 31 October to 2 November in Rabat, Morocco2 November 2017 – WHO conducted a 5-day workshop in Rabat, Morocco, on influenza virus identification and handling mechanisms to enhance the capacities of national influenza centres in the Eastern Mediterranean Region for timely and effective detection of seasonal and pandemic influenza.

The workshop was attended by laboratory managers and technicians from 16 countries in the Region. It focused on detection and identification of seasonal influenza virus sub-types, using cell culture and hemaglutination – steps that are essential for identifying viruses to make vaccines.

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WHO conducts EWARN evaluation protocol training workshop in Cairo

WHO conducts EWARN evaluation protocol training workshop in Cairo

WHO conducts EWARN evaluation protocol training workshop in Cairo13 June 2017 - WHO conducted a training workshop on the use of evaluation protocols for the Early Warning and Response Network (EWARN) – a proactive disease surveillance system used to rapidly detect and react to suspected disease outbreaks in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies. The workshop was conducted in Cairo at WHO’s Regional office of the Eastern Mediterranean from 16 to 18 May 2017 by WHO global EWARN experts in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The aim of the training was to ensure that critical health professionals managing EWARN systems are equipped with the relevant skills and tools to be able to implement and contribute to standardized EWARN evaluations in their respective countries.

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework

The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework or ‘PIP Framework’ is an innovative public health instrument that seeks to better prepare the world to respond to pandemic influenza.

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