Thirty-first session


Acute Respiratory Infections

         The Regional Committee,

         Noting with satisfaction the progress made in developing a regionwide programme;*

         Recognizing the compelling reasons for evolving a worldwide strategy for the control of acute respiratory infections, such as the continuing massive morbidity with attendant economic losses, the very high premature mortality from pneumonic- and influenza-like diseases in many of the less developed countries, and the emerging resistance to antibiotics of bacterial respiratory pathogens;

         Recognizing also the need to determine the optimal usage of available vaccines and the prospect of further developments in the area of vaccines and anti-viral substances;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to give serious consideration to the development of a standardized data recording and reporting system and the establishment of committees to coordinate national control activities;
    (2) to give high priority to the reduction of mortality in children as well as the reduction of morbidity, which constitutes an easily demonstrable burden for industrialized countries;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to continue to implement the regional medium-term programme for the control of acute respiratory infections;
    (2) to collaborate with Member States in establishing means to monitor, investigate and control acute respiratory infections in defined populations, using standardized methodology;
    (3) to promote methods for intercountry cooperation and collaboration in the surveillance and control of acute respiratory infections.

* WPR/RC31/24

12 September 1980

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