WHO Global RSV surveillance pilot - objectives

The Pilot aims to test the feasibility of leveraging the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System platform for RSV surveillance without adversely affecting the well-established ILI and SARI surveillance of influenza.

The primary objectives of the RSV surveillance pilot are to:

  • identify RSV seasonality in different countries and geographical regions.
  • determine age and risk groups for severe RSV disease.
  • test for optimal case definitions for RSV infection for different high-risk age groups.
  • standardize laboratory procedures for RSV detection and quality assurance.
  • assess the incremental cost of testing RSV surveillance.
  • provide evidence to inform global and national policy decisions.

The secondary objectives of the RSV surveillance pilot are to:

  • provide estimates of RSV-associated hospitalization burden.
  • assess acceptance and potential adverse impact on existing ILI and SARI surveillance.
  • develop a platform for studies on disease burden, vaccine effectiveness, vaccine cost-effectiveness, and virus evolution.