18.01.2019, Tirana, Albania

Representatives of the SEEHN Secretariat and the Regional Health Development Center (RHDC) Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID) met Friday 18 January 2019, in Tirana, Albania.

The visit to SECID aimed for strengthening public health cooperation related to the public health emergencies, preparedness and control of the communicable diseases.

Dr. Mira Dasic SEEHN Secretariat director presented the recent developments within SEEHN and next short term plans at the SEE Regional level. Particular focus was made to the implementation of the Chisinau Pledge Action and the WHO – SEEHN Sub Regional Cooperation Strategy for 2018 -2023. New opportunities for strengthening technical work in partnership SECID- SEEHN were also discussed and agreed. The results will be accelerated with the greater involvement of the SEEHN Member States particularly related to the vaccines and vaccination area.

In order to strengthen the capacities of the 9 countries including the national capacities on vaccine procurement and the increase access to quality-assured vaccines at affordable and optimum price in the Member States of the SEEHN a WHO SEE regional event is planned to take place on 27.02 – 01.03 in Tirana. The workshop will engage national technical experts responsible for the management of the immunization programme, vaccine procurement and vaccine regulation in implementing the roadmap to securing access to affordable vaccine supply, discussed at the WHO SEEHN Ministerial meeting in Israel, July 2018.

 The planned workshops outcome is to contribute towards the achievement of the Chisinau Pledge 3rd priority to ensure affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

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