Subregional meeting on surveillance and certification of poliomyelitis eradication : report on a WHO meeting, St Petersburg, Russian Federation 28-30 July 1999
AbstractA sub-regional meeting on AFP/polio surveillance and poliomyelitis laboratory issues was held in St Petersburg in July 1999 to discuss the progress made in global and regional eradication of poliomyelitis and the activities of poliomyelitis laboratories, take note of outstanding problems and make recommendations for future activities. Achievements included the successful completion of Operation MECACAR during 1995-1997 and initiation of Operation MECACAR Plus in spring 1998. Participants recommended that WHO and Member States should inter alis accelerate their activities, improve AFP/polio surveillance and increase it in areas of special concern, ensure that stool samples were only processed in accredited laboratories, accredit all poliomyelitis laboratories by the end of 1999, improve communication in the poliomyelitis laboratory network, improve analysis of surveillance and laboratory data, ensure high quality coordination between neighbouring WHO regions, carry out mopping-up immunization in high risk areas and/or high risk population groups, improve the use of national resources and of support from international donors/partners, produce revised plans for action for 2000-2001. and initiate the containment of wild poliovirus strains
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2000). Subregional meeting on surveillance and certification of poliomyelitis eradication : report on a WHO meeting, St Petersburg, Russian Federation 28-30 July 1999. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108316
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