Strengthening influenza surveillance in Armenia

16–24 June 2015, Yerevan, Armenia

Under the aegis of the the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework, WHO/Europe will undertake a 9-day mission to Armenia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to review the existing system for influenza surveillance in the country. One hospital and two polyclinics in Yerevan provide the basis for the mission.
This is a follow-up of the first PIP mission conducted by WHO/Europe in October 2014. 

The aim of this mission is to support and improve the influenza sentinel surveillance system so that the data provided are reliable and sustainable. In order to do so, a methodology has been developed to explore overlaps and similarities between existing clinical case definitions for acute respiratory conditions and the WHO-recommended case definitions for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI). This will help better integrate sentinel surveillance within the existing data collection practices, thereby reducing the workload and simplifying the surveillance framework. Training of local health care facility staff is another means to achieve this goal. The staff will be trained in applying the methodology in order to obtain continuity in assessing the performance of the sentinel surveillance system.

The PIP Framework

The PIP Framework is a global approach to pandemic influenza preparedness and response, which aims to improve and strengthen the sharing of influenza viruses with human pandemic potential along with providing better access to vaccines and other pandemic-related supplies.