External quality assurance scheme for Neisseria meningitidis 2009
Neisseria meningitidis is the major worldwide cause of meningitis and rapidly fatal sepsis in healthy individuals. ECDC promotes the performance of External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes, in which laboratories are sent simulated clinical specimens or bacterial isolates for testing by routine and/or reference laboratory methods. In March 2009, a collection of six viable isolates of N. meningitidis of the major disease-causing serogroups (A, B, C, Y and W-135) together with six simulated blood (non-culture) samples for molecular studies, was sent to 27 reference laboratories in the EU for quality assurance testing. The laboratories were asked to perform phenotypic characterisation of viable isolates: serogroup, serotype, serosubtype and antimicrobial susceptibility testing on viable isolates, and molecular characterisation both of viable isolates and non-culture simulated septicaemia samples. This report presents the results of this exercise.
HIV and men who have sex with men - Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2018 progress report
10 Jan 2020 - This report is part of the 2018 progress reports monitoring the implementation of the Dublin Declaration. It presents the situation among men who have sex with men (MSM), a key group affected by HIV in the WHO European Region, and outlines priorities for action.
ECDC Evidence Brief: Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in Europe and Central Asia
28 Nov 2019 - This evidence brief summarises key issues and priorities for action in Europe and Central Asia on PrEP. It is largely based on data collected in 2018 and 2019 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to monitor implementation of the 2004 Dublin Declaration. The monitoring questionnaire was disseminated to the 53 countries that are part of the WHO European Region, plus Kosovo and Liechtenstein via an online survey.
HIV testing, Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2018 progress report
27 Nov 2019 - This report presents the situation of HIV testing in Europe and Central Asia. It summarises data on implementation of national guidelines that shape HIV testing policies, the provision and uptake of HIV testing services in general and among key populations, and efforts being made to widen engagement with HIV testing and reduce late diagnosis.