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.