FLURESP : Cost-effectiveness assessment of European influenza human pandemic alert and response strategies

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The constant threat of emerging human influenza viruses able to provoke a human pandemic imposes to member states to prepare efficient responses adapted to the alert phase (pandemic planning). Since April 2009, preparedness plans have helped national authorities to limit the circulation of emerging strains.
The FLURESP consortium is composed by key European experts in Flu alert and response strategies, in Public Health and Health Economics advanced methodology. The objective of the FLURESP consortium is to redefine main human pandemic scenarios at the European level, describe and cluster possible response strategies and assess these response strategies in the frame of multi-criteria and cost-effectiveness analyses, taking into account lessons from the 2009 pandemy. If human pandemic scenarios and main related responses are well documented, they have never been assessed and ranked using both multi-criteria and cost-effectiveness approaches. Then it appears urgent to develop a strategy relying on assessment of lessons learnt with respect to improving intersectoral collaboration and cross-border coordination in responding to health emergencies. The integrated approach of Decision Making proposed by the FLURESP consortium would constitute a premiere at the European and global level, which would support member states to select the most appropriate and efficient public response to various scenarios of human pandemic situation in Europe.

The added value of the FLURESP project in the frame of the second programme of Community action in the field of health is obvious, considering the important health threat of a potential viral mutation, leading to a human pandemic. The fact that the objective of the consortium is not only to describe pandemic and response scenarios, but also to assess the epidemiological and socio-economical performance of response strategies would allow European public authorities to improve their ability to better respond to various categories of threats.

Project leader : Dr Ariel Beresniak (Paris-Descartes University)
Main beneficiary/coordinator : Pr Abdelkader Zighed (Claude Bernard University - Lumière Lyon 2 University)