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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Invasive Bacterial Infections Surveillance in the European Union [EU-IBIS - ]
The general objective of the project was to improve the epidemiological information on invasive meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae disease within the European Union and the laboratory capacity t...
The general objective of the project was to improve the epidemiological information on invasive meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae disease within the European Union and the laboratory capacity to accurately characterise the isolates of H. influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis. In addition, the project was also aiming at evaluating the impact of vaccination with conjugate vaccines on the epidemiology of H. influenzae and N. meningitidis, and compare the impact of vaccination with conjugate vaccines produced by different manufacturers and according to different schedules.
Finally, EU-IBIS was also intended to form a focus for wider collaboration with non European Union countries and candidate European Union countries.
Start date: 02/10/2003 - End date: 02/10/2006
Call: Health Threats (Ht 2003)
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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Dedicated surveillance network for enteric pathogens- Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter [ENTER-NET]
Enter-net is an EU-wide dedicated surveillance network (DSN) that aims to develop EU-wide surveillance for three major bacterial enteric pathogens (Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter).
Start date: 01/10/2003 - End date: 01/10/2006
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)
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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, Cohort 9 [EPIET]
As a complement to the theoretical training that most epidemiologists receive in academic settings in EU, EPIET fellows undergo a two year field assignment devoted to practical (in service, learning b...
As a complement to the theoretical training that most epidemiologists receive in academic settings in EU, EPIET fellows undergo a two year field assignment devoted to practical (in service, learning by doing) epidemiological training. It is closely supervised by senior epidemiologists at national European Public Health Institutes in charge of the surveillance and control of communicable diseases. Each fellow is sent to an host institute of an EU member state different from its country of origin.

The aims of the programme are:
- to strengthen the surveillance and control of communicable diseases in EU Member States and at Community level through the training of suitable scientists;
- to develop response capacity at national, European Community and global level to meet communicable disease threats through rapid and effective field investigation and response;
- to develop an expanding European network of public health epidemiologists, using standard methods, and sharing common objectives;
- to contribute to the continued professional development of senior epidemiologists who act as coordinators or field supervisors within the EPIET programme
- to establish a pool of experts available to respond to public health threats in and beyond EU.

Start date: 18/09/2003 - End date: 18/09/2005
Call: Health Threats (Ht 2003)
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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System [EARSS]
EARSS collects and provides information on the prevalence and spread of invasive pathogens with clinically and epidemiologically relevant antimicrobial resistance for public health initiatives. Taking...
EARSS collects and provides information on the prevalence and spread of invasive pathogens with clinically and epidemiologically relevant antimicrobial resistance for public health initiatives. Taking into account laboratory methods as well as denominator data, EARSS monitors variation in antimicrobial resistance over time and place and aims to disseminate timely information on the emergence of bacterial clones of particular public health importance in terms of epidemic potential and resistance. The EARSS network and database shall provide the basis for policy decisions as well as rapid response and may be used to assess the effectiveness of interventions. EARSS gives interactive electronic feedback, provides basic data to stimulate specific studies and assesses the role of antibiotic consumption and other risk factors in partnership with ESAC and other DG SANCO funded networks, with the aim to facilitate guidelines for antibiotic usage.
Start date: 01/09/2003 - End date: 01/09/2006
Call: Health Threats (Ht 2003)
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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
The European Influenza Surveillance Scheme [EISS]
The general aim is to contribute to a reduction in the burden of disease associated with influenza in the area covered by EISS, by collecting and exchanging timely information on influenza activity, p...
The general aim is to contribute to a reduction in the burden of disease associated with influenza in the area covered by EISS, by collecting and exchanging timely information on influenza activity, providing relevant information about influenza to health professionals and the general public, contributing to the annual determination of the influenza vaccine content and contributing to European influenza pandemic preparedness activities.
EISS was aiming at covering all EU Member States by 01.09.2006, the end of this contract period.
Start date: 01/09/2003 - End date: 01/09/2006
Call: Health Threats (Ht 2003)
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