Improvements in pandemic preparedness in 8 Central American countries, 2008 - 2012

Improvements in pandemic preparedness in 8 Central American countries, 2008 – 2012

Lucinda EA Johnson, Wilfrido Clará, Manoj Gambhir, Rafael Chacón- Fuentes, Carlos Marín-Correa, Jorge Jara, Percy Minaya, David Rodríguez, Natalia Blanco, Naomi Iihoshi, Maribel Orozco, Carmen Lange, Sergio Vinicio Pérez, Nydia Amador, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Ann C Moen and Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner. Improvements in pandemic preparedness in 8 Central American countries, 2008 – 2012. BMC Health Services Research, 14:209, 2014

PMCID: PMC4022548

PMID: 24886275

doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-209

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4022548/

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Abstract

In view of ongoing pandemic threats such as the recent human cases of novel avian influenza A(H7N9) in China, it is important that all countries continue their preparedness efforts. Since 2006, Central American countries have received donor funding and technical assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build and improve their capacity for influenza surveillance and pandemic preparedness. Our objective was to measure changes in pandemic preparedness in this region, and explore factors associated with these changes, using evaluations conducted between 2008 and 2012.

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