Integrated Disease Surveillance


The Integrated Disease Surveillance (IDS) Programme ensures the availability of guidelines for integrated disease surveillance and response. It provides necessary technical support for strengthening national communicable disease surveillance systems through the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Integrated Disease Surveillance and the International health Regulations.

IDS establishes links with national Centres of Excellence (CoE), regional and global networks for disease surveillance thereby participating in global effort for the control of communicable diseases through the International Health regulations (IHR) implementation which will stimulate the IDSR implementation within the region.

3rd Meeting on African Surveillance Informatics Governance Board (ASIGB)
3rd Meeting on African Surveillance Informatics Governance Board ASIGB
16-18 July 2015, Cape Town, South Africa  - WHO in collaboration with partners are developing and implementing the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) eSurveillance initiative as part of the implementation of the WHO resolutions on eHealth. eSurveillance is the use of electronic systems to facilitate rapid collection, analysis, reporting and use of both human and animal health data for health protection and appropriate public health action.

Among the key steps for implementation of eSurveillance is the establishment of the African Surveillance Informatics Governance Board (ASIGB) and the Surveillance Informatics Technical Advisory Group (SITAG) in the Region.  The ASIGB will support countries with policy development and articulating government commitments for enhancing health electronic systems and the Surveillance Informatics Technical Advisory Group (SITAG) that serves as a technical resource to the ASIGB.

The World Health Organization to accelerate national and global health security

Cape Town, 13 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought together 200 high-level experts from governments, development agencies, civil society and international organizations to make the world a safer place. The conference called “Building Health Security Beyond Ebola” will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 to 15 July.

Experts at the meeting will focus on how to make countries and communities stronger by accelerating development of health systems and capacities identified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to prevent, detect and respond to a public health emergency of international concern.


Building Health Security Beyond Ebola
13 to 15 July 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

International Health Regulations

What are the International Health Regulations?

International Health Regulations (2005)