Recommendations for Good Practice in Pandemic Preparedness for National Influenza Centres   [open pdf - 0B]

Alternate Title: Recommendations for Good Practice in Pandemic Preparedness for National Influenza Centers

"To assist Member States with the revision of their pandemic plans with respect to laboratory activities after the 2009 influenza H1N1 pandemic, WHO/Europe [World Health Organization] performed an evaluation of the usefulness of pandemic plans and preparedness activities undertaken by laboratory networks and WHO in the response to the pandemic. Using a systematic approach, National Influenza Centres and national influenza reference laboratories in six Member States were interviewed by telephone. Six major themes considered essential to pandemic preparedness for laboratories were identified: communication; coordination/collaboration; capacity; adaptation; leadership; and support. Key issues and recommendations for good practice in pandemic preparedness for National Influenza Centres and WHO were subsequently identified. Pandemic preparedness had generally been successful, with close collaboration between laboratory networks in countries, formal plan approval, laboratory accreditation process and international/national information sourcing emerging as important success factors. Future preparedness activities should continue to emphasize these areas, as well as improve planning for: diagnostic capacity building; control on high diagnostic demands; clinical-laboratory feedback mechanisms; management of media requests to laboratory staff; and real-time monitoring of antiviral resistance."

2011 World Health Organization
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