Visit to strengthen laboratory systems in Ukraine

13–21 December 2016, Kiev, Ukraine

Well-functioning and sustainable laboratory services, operating according to international principles of quality and safety, are an essential part of strong health systems and are crucial to improving public health. The analyses they provide offer a reliable foundation for evidence-based control of disease outbreaks, robust surveillance of adverse events associated with pharmaceutical or vaccine use, and earlier treatment of both acute and chronic diseases.

National Influenza Centres (NIC) in the WHO European Region serve as a key technical resource and reference point for national authorities in laboratory surveillance of influenza. They play a key role in influenza surveillance at the national level and participate in regional and global surveillance, through the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), by contributing to the implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework, and participating in the joint European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control/WHO Regional Office for Europe Flu News Europe weekly influenza update.

At the request of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, WHO will make two visits to Ukraine.

  • The first visit will take place on 13-21 December as part of the Better Labs for Better Health initiative and in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners to discuss national priorities for the laboratory system, initiate assessment of the public health laboratory system, train national assessment teams and plan the next steps.
  • The second visit will take place on 13-16 December and will focus on discussing the current status and future development of influenza laboratory surveillance with the Ministry of Health and involved institutions, and on gauging the interest of Ukraine to participate in activities funded through the PIP Framework.