The third meeting on vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) laboratory networks in the Western Pacific Region
The third meeting on regional laboratory networks for polio and measles/rubella in the WHO Western Pacific Region was organized in Manila Philippines from September 5 to 9 2011 to review the performance and identify challenges of polio and measles/rubella network laboratories in the Region. To enhance biosafety awareness among polio network laboratories and measles/rubella laboratories, a biosafety session was jointly held for 1.5 days during the week. The meeting reviewed the performances of polio and measles/rubella laboratory networks to identify challenges of network laboratories and ways to further strengthen the quality of the performances and also to monitor the implementation of recommendations from the 2nd labnet meeting held in February 2010. Around 75 participants form network laboratories, advisers, WHO staff were involved in the meeting. Participants included 55 country representatives from 16 countries (12 polio laboratories and 18 measles/rubella network laboratories), two WHO Laboratory Coordinators from Headquarters, 3 advisers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), two observers from Teipei and selected WHO country EPI or laboratory focal points. The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the recent imported wild polio cases in China and to further reduce the timeliness of laboratory testing among network laboratories including subnational laboratories in China.