Joint WHO/ECDC meeting of the European Network for HIV/AIDS Surveillance

On 17 February 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden, national HIV/AIDS surveillance focal points from 41 of the 53 WHO European Member States met at the annual meeting of the European Network for HIV/AIDS Surveillance to discuss the surveillance of HIV and AIDS at the European level. The meeting was organized jointly by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) who have also been coordinating the surveillance of HIV and AIDS in Europe since January 2008.

The meeting reviewed the 2010 HIV/AIDS surveillance data and annual surveillance report, discussed potential changes to the future surveillance variables and structure through working groups with active participation of all participants, presented a set of special topics related to HIV surveillance with a particular focus on HIV in people who inject drugs and finally provided countries the opportunity to share national experiences through a number of country presentations.

The Network meeting was preceded, on 16 February 2012, by a one day HIV/AIDS surveillance database user training for the countries in the eastern part of the Region. National HIV/AIDS surveillance data are submitted annually by nominated national surveillance focal points to the joint ECDC/WHO database for HIV/AIDS surveillance hosted in The European Surveillance System (TESSy). Through a combination of presentations and subsequent practical exercises, the training successfully strengthened the knowledge and skills of people responsible for the annual submission of data to WHO and ECDC. The training was a collaborative effort funded by WHO/EURO and technically facilitated by staff of ECDC and the TESSy team of whom several were fluent in Russian.

A Russian translation of the 2010 HIV/AIDS Surveillance in Europe report is now available.