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Silvia Bino

Head of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Public Health

Dr Silva Bino is Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Control in the Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania and an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana, Albania.

She was the director of the Institute of Public Health from 2000-2006 and has dedicated her career to novel strategies for infectious disease control and strengthening surveillance systems in

resource-limited countries.

Dr. Bino has coordinated the surveillance, diagnostic and response activities for pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 in Albania. She is also on the national IHR implementation group, and has been involved in IHR implementation in South East Europe. Dr Bino is the Regional Coordinator of the Network for Strengthening Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control in South East Europe, which has promoted the strengthening of early warning systems, policy

development, preparedness and response, applied epidemiology training and expert and institutional collaboration.

Since 2000, she has coordinated the immunization program and helped to establish a syndromic early warning system in Albania. She has authored articles on infectious diseases published in professional and scientific journals and has contributed to the writing of various guides, books and reports related to infectious diseases, influenza and public health surveillance. She has served as a consultant to WHO and other UN agencies. Dr Bino was a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization until April 2009, a member of the review committee for the implementation of international health regulations (2005) and for pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 until 2011 and served as a member of the Advisory Group of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness until 2014. She also served as a member of the Zika Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led epidemiological surveillance and coordinated the vaccination response, and was a member of the National Expert Committee for COVID-19. Also, she is a member of the WHO regional working group in Europe for vaccination against COVID-19.

She received her medical degree and doctorate at the University of Tirana and pursued post-graduate studies, research and trainings in infectious diseases, microbiology, epidemiology andpublic health in Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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