Strengthening surveillance of invasive bacterial diseases in Hungary

Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Hungary

Team of international experts on invasive bacterial disease surveillance

A team of international experts visited Hungary on 19–21 September  2012 to monitor the impact of the country's Haemophilus influenza (HiB) and pneumococcal immunization programme.

Based on a request of the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary for strengthening invasive bacterial diseases (IBD) surveillance, and in coordination with WHO/Europe, the team of experts from the Health Protection Agency, United Kingdom, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States,  conducted a three-day mission to Budapest. The team was welcomed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and the National Centre for Epidemiology.

The main aim of the mission was to discuss current and future activities in the area of surveillance of invasive bacterial disease caused by infection with HiB, Streptococcus pneumoniae and other vaccine-preventable causes. Surveillance information is needed to monitor the impact of the country's HiB and pneumococcal immunization programme. The team also visited paediatric hospitals and their laboratories as well as the National Reference Laboratory.

Based on the experts’ recommendations, a proposal for a pilot study and improved surveillance will be prepared by national authorities. The WHO Country Office in Hungary provided support for the entire mission and facilitated the discussions.