The Severe Acute Respiratory Infections network (SARInet) is a regional collaboration of professionals within hospitals, laboratories, and associated organizations who participate in SARI surveillance in the Americas. SARInet consists of diverse individuals, countries, and organizations that are involved with SARI surveillance. Each plays an important role in helping to improve the SARInet collaboration and enhance understanding of the epidemiology of influenza and other respiratory viruses (ORV).
During 2010-2014, many Ministries of Health (MOH) in the Americas put forth great efforts to implement standardized severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) surveillance in sentinel hospitals throughout the region. Because of these efforts, tremendous gains have been made in understanding the epidemiologic patterns of influenza in the Americas.
SARI surveillance in the Americas contributes important epidemiological information to the regional and global picture of influenza and ORV and should be continued. However, the MOH face challenges in doing so, including maintaining the momentum gained in previous years, sustaining these surveillance systems, improving surveillance processes, effectively coordinating with decision-makers, and integrating national data into the regional SARI picture. To strategically address challenges and leverage regional resources a regional SARI network is proposed. This network would formalize the work already being carried out in the Americas region and also provide a forum for discussion and information sharing.
To provide a forum for professionals involved in SARI surveillance from the Ministries of Health, sentinel hospitals, laboratories, and associated organizations to share, learn and collaborate to reduce the morbidity and mortality of acute respiratory infections associated with influenza and ORVs in the Americas.