On 5 February 2013, The Queen visited the premises of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm. ECDC Director Marc Sprenger introduced Queen Silvia to the work of the Centre on its mission to strengthen Europe’s defences against communicable diseases.
The Queen was welcomed by ECDC Director Marc Sprenger and the members of the Senior Management Team.
The ECDC Director presented an overview of the core activities of the Centre, ranging from disease surveillance and outbreak response to scientific advice and training. As part of the visit, The Queen also visited ECDC’s Emergency Operations Centre, where ECDC experts regularly monitor, assess and discuss current threats to human health as well as ‘signals’ of possible new disease outbreaks.
During the visit, experts from the different ECDC disease programmes provided insights to the Centre’s work on childhood vaccination, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections.
ECDC was established in Stockholm 2005 and in order to achieve its mission, the Centre works in partnership with national health protection bodies, like the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet), across Europe to strengthen and develop continent-wide disease surveillance and early warning systems. By working with experts throughout Europe, ECDC pools Europe's health knowledge to develop authoritative scientific opinions about the risks posed by infectious diseases.
ECDC Director’s presentation: 'Protecting Europe’s health: How ECDC adds value for Europe' (.pdf)
ECDC: Excellence in prevention and control of infectious diseases
Annual report of the ECDC Director, 2011
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