Silvia Bino

Head, Control of Infectious Disease Department, Institute of Public Health, Albania

Silvia Bino is the head of the Control of Infectious Diseases Department of the Institute of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, Tirana University, Albania. She is also the general coordinator of South East European Center and Network for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, which has fostered strengthening of early warning systems, policy development, preparedness and response, applied epidemiology training and expert and institutional collaboration. She has devoted her career to novel strategies to control infectious diseases and strengthen surveillance systems in resource poor countries. Silvia coordinated surveillance, diagnostic, and response activities for pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 in Albania. She is also in the national group for IHR implementation and has been involved in IHR implementation in Southeastern Europe. Since 2000, she has been coordinating the infectious diseases preparedness and response and helped to establish a syndromic Early Warning System in Albania as well as other countries in the region. She has authored articles on infectious diseases published in professional and scientific journals and has participated in the writing of different guidelines, books and reports related to infectious diseases, influenza and public health surveillance.

Silvia has served as consultant to WHO and other UN agencies. She was a member of Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization until April 2009, a member of review committee on the functioning of the international health regulations (2005) and on pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 until 2011 and served as a member of PIP Advisory group until 2014. In 2016 she was a member of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations. She earned her medical and doctoral degrees from Tirana University and followed with postgraduate training on infectious diseases, microbiology, field epidemiology and public health in Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the USA.


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