The African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE) is a network of laboratorians, epidemiologists, public health officials, clinicians, veterinarians, researchers, and policy makers who work together to strengthen the capacity for surveillance and research related to influenza and other respiratory viruses in Africa. ANISE was founded in 2009, and currently has more than 260 members from more than 30 countries working on improving detection, case management, prevention, and control of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

The network helps to facilitate capacity building in both laboratory and surveillance work. The network also aims to highlight best practices and the latest research for prevention, control and pandemic preparedness strategies.

The 7th ANISE meeting is scheduled for September 11-13, 2023 and will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of South Africa in collaboration with U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The meeting will be followed by the Africa National Influenza Centres (NIC) meeting which will run from the 13 – 15 September 2023.

The 7th ANISE meeting will be the first gathering of influenza and respiratory disease focused experts in the continent of Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the first opportunity for these experts to share their experiences since 2018 and lessons learned which can be applied to both preparedness for seasonal influenza and respiratory disease pandemics. The meeting will include presentations on a variety of topics including disease burden, cost burden, economic impact of vaccines, influenza and vaccine policy, epidemiology, virology, and preparedness.