BE-PIN - The Belgian Pandemic Intelligence Network

Last updated on 17-5-2024 by Barthélémy Moreau de Lizoreux
Project duration:
December 1, 2023
March 1, 2027

In short

The aim of the BE-PIN project is to create a collaborative network, a Belgian Pandemic Intelligence Network, to support policymakers in developing evidence-based policies to tackle future pandemics and epidemics effectively. To do so, the project focuses on improving communication practices and investigates the potential governance structure of such a network. The project seeks to improve access to data, analytical capabilities and communication tools for decision-makers at federal and regional levels in Belgium. Additionally, the project assesses economic impact of pandemics and recommends strategies to minimise them. 

Project description

The BE-PIN project aims to enhance public health preparedness by establishing a collaborative intelligence network focused on epidemic and pandemic risks. This network supports the sharing of information and knowledge translation for informed decision making in times of crises.

In the first work package (WP1), co-led by Sciensano and the Institute for Tropical Medicine, the project focuses on surveillance and data analysis. This involves identifying and addressing information gaps in epidemic and pandemic scenarios, validating surveillance data sources and developing comprehensive epidemic intelligence reports. By evaluating existing surveillance systems and identifying key risk indicators, the project will enhance the capacity to detect and respond to emerging threats effectively.

WP2 focuses on advanced analytics and modelling. Through collaborative efforts, the project aims to understand the dynamics of emerging pathogens and assess the effectiveness of response measures. By evaluating data analyses performed during the COVID-19 epidemic and developing a comprehensive analytical framework, the project will provide timely insights into the epidemiological characteristics of emerging pathogens and the impact of response measures on disease transmission.

WP3 develops multicriteria evidence-based policy frameworks. This will facilitate decision-making by policymakers, allowing them to prioritise options for pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions based on diverse population-level impacts. By assessing the feasibility of such frameworks and analysing the impact of social contact modifications on health care capacity and economic activity, the project will contribute to informed decision-making during pandemics.

Supported by Sciensano, WP4 focuses on effective communication practices and analyses knowledge flows during the COVID-19 crisis, assessing the visibility of scientific expertise, and exploring stakeholder expectations regarding communication strategies. The aim is to promote evidence-based policy-making and enhance trust across stakeholders.

Finally, WP5 is led by Sciensano and identifies the needs and potential gaps for the governance of a Belgian pandemic intelligence network, investigating structural options based on lessons learnt, international comparisons, best practices, and key international partnerships.


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