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Meeting Reports: Acute Respiratory Infections

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  • I(st) Meeting on the Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL) Strategy (San Jos, Costa Rica, 46 December 2006)

    The Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL; in Spanish, Atencin integrada de tuberculosis y enfermedades respiratorias, or AITER/PAL) is a syndromic approach to the management of patients who attend primary health care services for respiratory symptoms. The PAL strategy targets multi-purpose health workers, nurses, doctors, and managers in primary health care settings with successful TB control programs in low and middle-income countries. The objective of this meeting was to train the participating countries in how to adapt the methodology, elaborate plans, and implement and/or strengthen the PAL strategy within their health systems. This page offers a summary and the 60-pp report.
  • Brasilia Declaration

    The ministers and the representatives of ministers of agriculture and health, the presidents and the representatives of producer associations, industry, and other entities representing the poultry production chain, and the representatives of international organizations in attendance at the Hemispheric Conference on Avian Influenza, expressed their commitment in this multilateral agreement at the Hemispheric Conference on the Surveillance and Prevention of Avian Influenza in Brasilia, Brazil, on 2 December 2005. Full conference proceedings

  • Workshop on the Epidemiology and Surveillance of Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases (Decatur, Georgia, USA, 913 May 2005)

    The objectives of this meeting were (1) to discuss activities on the epidemiological and virological surveillance of influenza and analyze the subject of pandemic influenza, as well as present basic and advanced methods of influenza prevention and control; and (2) to find out the degree of progress made in the countries and coordinate development of National Preparedness Plans for a possible influenza pandemic, and to provide tools to assist in the planning process and discuss vaccines and antivirals as prevention and control methods, with a view to a possible pandemic. This page offers the executive summary and access to other conference documentation in Spanish.
  • Third Joint Meeting of the Networks for Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 26-28 February 2004)

    The objectives of this yearly meeting were (a) to present and discuss subregional activities carried out by the EID surveillance networks; and (2) to identify commitments and activities for the period 2004/2005, taking into account the guidelines of the plans of action of each one of them. This page provides the executive summary and access to the 124-page report in PDF, with links to the individual chapters.
  • SARS: Developing a Research Response (30 May 2003, NIH/NIAID, Bethesda, MD, USA)

    In order to address research needs on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), PAHO/WHO participated together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, USA, in an all-day scientific workshop at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop featured international experts in the fields of coronavirus biology, vaccine development, antiviral drug development, laboratory diagnosis, SARS epidemiology, etiology and clinical management. This page provides a link to the NIH site with the presentations made at the workshop.


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