The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), through its Sarnet and Revelec networks, has recognized Cuba in Guatemala for its efforts in its response to COVID-19, it was reported on Tuesday.
The eighth regional meeting of these collaborating entities made a difference to the largest island in the Caribbean, reiterating the importance of operational and integrated elements of respiratory virus activities with pandemic and pandemic potential from this Monday through tomorrow Wednesday.
The Forum, based in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, a World Heritage site, seeks to maximize available resources, avoid duplication of efforts and establish technical coherence (multi-sectoral and multi-level).
Furthermore, it recognizes that an integrated approach makes it possible to optimize existing capabilities of shared elements (planning and coordination, risk communication, health interventions, among others) and to maintain elements specific and essential for each pathogen.
The Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Network (SARINET) brings together professionals from US hospitals, laboratories, and affiliated organizations that participate in the surveillance of a Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
Revelac, established in 2013 to evaluate influenza vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean, has 15 countries participating.
Delegations from the 35 PAHO member states present at the meeting, including one from Cuba, expect countries in the region to strengthen basic capacities for surveillance, laboratory, prevention and control, and management of health emergencies.
The lurking threat of future pandemics caused by respiratory viruses with epidemic and pandemic potential is one of the great challenges in public health, for which experts widely call for the collective efforts of various countries in the Americas to maintain, uncover, and promote considered necessary for. and inclusive approach.