Seminar strengthens influenza monitoring

SUVA, Fiji—A sub-regional training workshop for health surveillance and laboratory professionals aiming at strengthening influenza surveillance in the Pacific was recently held in Suva, Fiji. 

Surveillance and laboratory professionals from 13 Pacific countries, together with regional experts, reviewed existing national systems, identified challenges and discussed ways to strengthen the syndromic and virological surveillance of influenza.

The five-day training workshop, which took place on Aug. 6-10, was organized by the Pacific Community, together with Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control, WHO and the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre.  It was held under the framework of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network, with financial support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (SPC)

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