Report of the 1st Africa Flu Alliance Meeting
3–4 June 2010 Marrakesh, Morocco
WHO hosted its inaugural meeting of the Africa Flu Alliance (3–4 June 2010, Marrakesh, Morocco). The meeting was attended by 80 participants, including from 19 African Region countries1 (see Figure 1 below) and five Eastern Mediterranean Region countries,2 as well as international agencies and institutions.
The objectives of this meeting were to:
- Review challenges in understanding influenza epidemiology and the influenza disease burden in Africa;
- Develop an action plan to guide the work of the Alliance in the coming years; and
- Achieve consensus on the governance principles of the Alliance.
The meeting was held during the influenza A(H1N1)2009 pandemic and provided a further opportunity for countries to exchange experiences in their responses.