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Funding Opportunity: 2013 Influenza Initiative

“Strengthening Influenza Laboratory Surveillance and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean

$250,000 (includes a small unrestricted gift for PAHEF project administration)

In 2005, PAHO in collaboration with the U.S. CDC developed the Generic Protocol for Influenza Surveillance. This protocol promoted the use of syndromic respiratory disease surveillance (for ambulatory cases, influenza-like-illness [ILI] and for hospitalized cases, severe acute respiratory infection [SARI]) coupled with laboratory testing for influenza, as a means to achieve the primary objectives of influenza surveillance. Since this time, this protocol has been adopted throughout the Americas region as well as used as a template for influenza surveillance worldwide.

PAHO is also working with countries to generate much needed influenza burden of disease estimates as well as describe patterns of influenza circulation (e.g. describe patterns of influenza type B Yamagata and Victoria lineage circulation).

Objectives of the Project include:

  • Improve the quality and timeliness of sample submission to WHO CC
  • Strengthen country-level laboratory capacity for the diagnosis of influenza and other respiratory viruses
  • Promote the integration of virologic and epidemiologic data at the country level and improve the analysis and dissemination of country and regional data

This proposal requests, at minimum, an investment of $234,788.01 (US dollars) to provide a critical laboratory surveillance and networks of influenza in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dowload the 2013 PAHEF PAHO Influenza Initiative to learn more.

You can also support this program via a direct donation. You can donate in several ways:

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  3. Download this form to mail a donation to PAHEF, 525 Twenty-Third Street, NW, Washington, DC. 20006.
  4. Consider adding PAHEF as a beneficiary to your life insurance, 401-K or in your estate plans for our work with PAHO in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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