VINUVA (from "New Vaccines Surveillance" in Spanish) was created by the Pan American Health Organiza-tion (PAHO) in 2011 to provide a standardized computerized tool for the countries in the Region of the Americas that are part of the rotavirus and invasive bacterial disease surveillance network. The VINUVA workshop was held on 5-6 June 2012 in Paramaribo, Suriname for Caribbean countries that are part of the rotavirus diarrheal surveillance network. The objectives of the workshop were to discuss the new surveil-lance reporting processes between the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) and its reporting countries; discuss the required surveillance indicators; identify the person in each hospital responsible for the monthly recording of the surveillance data in VINUVA; identify the person per country responsible for verifying and approving the surveillance data; and train participants in using the VINUVA tool.
The meeting was attended by health professionals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and repre-sentatives from PAHO. Country participants discussed the data flow procedures in their individual hospitals and defined the proposed processes for each country, bearing in mind the requirements of the VINUVA tool. The main recommendations were: rotavirus surveillance should be included in the daily routine surveillance and supported by all levels of health care workers; countries should include supplies for rotavirus surveil-lance, particularly the procurement of rotavirus kits, in their laboratory plans and budget; the sensitization and motivation of health professionals, especially paediatricians and ward nurses is important to support rota-virus surveillance; one laboratory form should be used for all infectious diseases/microorganisms; sufficient human resources must be made available; there should be regular meetings, communication and information sessions for stakeholders; at the higher level, support of surveillance and data collection in the wards should be advocated; the re-sensitization of health care workers with regard to collection of stool specimens is cru-cial; Each country should ensure that the proposed data flow processes are agreed upon by their ministry of health.
A validation survey is planned for October 2012.
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, June 2012.