Posted in Issue 103 - April 2006 Member Countries
Some 60 disaster experts from the health and agriculture sectors, Civil Protection agencies and Foreign Affairs Ministries in Central America and the Dominican Republic met to strengthen and accelerate country level preparedness for avian and pandemic influenza.
Several important products resulted from this meeting, which was held in Panama in February. Participants tested and gave their stamp of approval to a series of simulation exercises prepared by PAHO/WHO to test national plans. The WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning was adapted to regional needs and, following a self-assessment of pandemic preparedness in each country, action plans were developed to cover gaps.