Invasive Bacterial Diseases Surveillance Network Meeting for Newly Independent States (NIS)

WHO/Europe is hosting this meeting for national surveillance and laboratory coordinators responsible for implementation of surveillance for invasive bacterial diseases from 7 countries of WHO European Region and scientists from the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • discuss progress achieved in invasive bacterial diseases sentinel surveillance and improvement of data quality and to define future priorities in this area;
  • present analysis of regional and country distribution of serotypes/serogroups of S.pneumoniae, H.influenzae and N.meningitidis among cases of bacterial meningitis; 
  • discuss pneumococcal disease beyond meningitis, including additional approaches to evaluate burden of disease; 
  • present and discuss utilization of new vaccines surveillance data to make informed decisions on introduction of new vaccines and evaluate a new vaccine's impact;
  • discuss sustainability of and future plans for sentinel surveillance systems.

The expected results of the meeting are:

  • defined needs for further capacity building and support from WHO and partners;
  • shared positive experiences and best practices in sentinel surveillance implementation and case-control studies;
  • defined role of surveillance in providing evidence for decision-making and evaluation of new vaccine impact;
  • defined regional priorities and commitment in further strengthening and future ownership of IBD surveillance.