At the invitation of Germany the first meeting of Health Ministers of the Group of Twenty leading industrialized and emerging economies (G20) took place in Berlin between 19-20 May 2017. Under the banner of “Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow – Joint Commitment for Shaping Global Health”, the two-day meeting focused on combating global health hazards. In their closing declaration the G20 Health Ministers recognize the importance of the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID). read more
GISAID salutes GIP and GISRS. It was 1947 when the WHO’s Interim Committee recognized the importance of Influenza and started a globally-coordinated effort for its surveillance, study and control that saw the beginning of the Global Influenza Programme. By 1952, the WHO Executive Board called for an influenza surveillance system to collect, correlate and distribute information regarding occurrence, epidemiology and laboratory findings. Today GISRS encompasses 143 institutions across 113 Member States. A global disease surveillance network built on voluntary collaboration and real-time reporting that makes up the backbone of today's global influenza surveillance.
Directors of WHO Collaborating Centers and Members of GISAID's Scientific Advisory Council consulted with the Global Influenza Program, National Influenza Centers and ERLs, as well as industry representatives on the progress of timely virus data sharing through GISAID, followed by round-table discussions.
Ten years ago, a correspondence, signed by more than 70 championed ‘A global initiative on sharing avian flu data’, leading to the GISAID Initiative in 2008. What started out as an expression of intent to foster international sharing of all influenza virus data and to publish results collaboratively has emerged as an indispensable mechanism for sharing influenza genetic sequence and metadata that embraces the interests and concerns of the wider influenza community, public health and animal health scientists, along with governments around the world.
Yuelong Shu et al, Eurosurveillance 22, 13 (30 March 2017) Read more
During the 6th African Network for the Surveillance of Influenza (ANISE) in Antananarivo, GISAID and isirv - in collaboration with Institut Pasteur de Madagascar and the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) - are holding a two-day training workshop on genetic sequence analysis of influenza viruses to provide training for monitoring sequence variation among influenza viruses in relation to surveillance of influenza epidemics and detection of resistance to influenza antiviral drugs.
The rapid dissemination of results during outbreaks is sporadic at best. In the case of influenza, a global initiative called GISAID established a framework for good practice. Largely thanks to this, during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, it became a go-to place for the community to deposit and locate H1N1 sequence information.
Pardis C. Sabeti et al, Nature 518, 477–479 (26 February 2015)
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