The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe held the annual meeting of its Measles/Rubella Laboratory Network and Polio Laboratory Network from Sept. 8-12 in Hammamet, Tunisia.
The meeting participants conducted a joint review of the networks’ performance in 2013-2014 and defined future priorities. The Hammamet meeting also allowed WHO/Europe to further strengthen its collaboration with sister networks in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Progress reported at the meeting included that all of the European networks’ laboratories passed the annual WHO external quality testing in the past year and were fully accredited. The WHO said, however, that while the networks continue to maintain a high standard of work, challenges related to insufficient staff and government funding present a legitimate threat to performance.
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