Publications: Integrated Disease Surveillance

Assessment Tool BSL3icon View/download the assessment tool (pdf 1.2 MB )

The WHO Emerging and Dangerous Pathogen Laboratory Network (EDPLN) in Africa aims to provide a diagnostic service for a range of pathogenic agents including Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus, Lassa fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, Lujo virus and Dengue virus. Due to the dangerous nature of these organisms a safe laboratory environment, such as a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) BSL-3 laboratory, is required to conduct diagnostic procedures. This laboratory must be designed to ensure that the staff and surrounding area are protected from the agents handled within and must be able to be run in a sustainable fashion. 

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Protocol for the investigation of acute respiratory illness outbreaksThe burden of respiratory disease on global health is considered to be significant and resulting in millions of deaths annually. Additionally, acute respiratory infections (ARIs) are the leading cause of death for children under the age of five in developing countries. Respiratory disease can be caused by a number of infectious agents including bacteria viruses and potentially agents of unknown etiology.

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Guide for the Introduction of IDSR in the curricula of Health Training Institutionsicon Guide for the Introduction of IDSR in the curricula of Health Training Institutions (563.43 kB) | icon Français (669 kB) | icon Português (625.35 kB)

In the last fifteen years, two major milestones, at both global and regional levels, have demonstrated the essential role of disease surveillance in Africa, through integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) and the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.

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prot-inflicon Protocol for national influenza sentinel surveillance (1.06 MB)
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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to Member States on establishment of a sentinel influenza system or on integration of sentinel influenza surveillance into an existing framework.

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cbs2014icon Integrated disease surveillance and response in the African Region: A guide for establishing community based surveillance (464.9 kB)

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This document is intended to guide the establishment of Community-based Surveillance (CBS). Once in place, a CBS will, among other things, improve relations between communities and their local health system; function at a high level of sensitivity for reporting of the targeted diseases; and provide an active, rather than a passive, surveillance system. Eventually, a functioning CBS will benefit both the communities and the wider health system.

IDS-Laboratory-capacity-IHR-en-lg:: Download the document - Laboratory Capacity Requirements for International Health Regulations and their Implementation in the WHO African Region [pdf: 1.63 MB]

This document focuses on the laboratory component of the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR). It can be used in identifying approaches to develop the laboratory capacity for implementation of IHR in the WHO African Region in accordance with the specifications outlined in Annex 1A of IHR. Since IHR does not provide clear guidance on the laboratory component, this document will define specific elements for laboratory capacity requirements to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of IHR, and also will supplement existing WHO reference documents.

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 icon (View/ Download) Facilitator Guide - Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response District Level Training Course (4.63 MB)

idsr-facilitatorsThe Facilitator's Guide provides instruction and suggestions for teaching the training modules for the Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the Africa Region, 2nd edition. This training is intended for district level health officers who conduct IDSR activities.

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icon (View/ Download) Participant Modules - Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response District Level Training Course (3.93 MB)

idsr-participantsThe purpose of this course is to equip health personnel at the district level with knowledge and skills required to conduct disease surveillance and response activities for early detection and timely response to public health threats. Essentially, the course helps the learner to internalize the contents of the Technical Guidelines on Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region through appropriate lessons, case studies and exercises presented in the modules.

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idsr-technical-guidelines_final_2010:: Download - Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region

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In 1998, WHO/AFRO and its Member States, along with their technical partners, adopted the Integrated Disease Surveillance (IDS) strategy for developing and implementing comprehensive public health surveillance and response systems in African countries. To highlight the essential link between surveillance and response, subsequent documents referred to Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (or IDSR).

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IDS-Report-networking-of-public-health-research-institutions-Afro-en-sm“Networking of public health research institutions in the African Region”
Side Event at RC 63
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edprl-052013icon Report of the Meeting of Heads of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Reference Laboratories in the WHO African Region (1.27 MB)
27-30 May 2013, Harare-Zimbabwe

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job-aids-mers-covicon Job aids for collection, storage and transport of specimens for laboratory confirmation of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (816.43 kB)

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icon Report: WHO/NICD Microbiology External Quality Assessment Programme Joint Annual Review Meeting (745.13 kB)
Johannesburg, South Africa 14th to 15th February 2013

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icon Guide for establishing laboratory-based surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (929.91 kB)

Guide for establishing laboratory-based surveillance for antimicrobial resistance

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Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region[ Français ] [ Português ]

 

icon World Health Organization Outbreak Communication Planning Guide. 2008 Edition [792.61 kB]

icon International Health Regulations (2005). Second Edition [386.82 kB]
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Cost analysis of an integrated disease surveillance and response system
Cost analysis of an integrated disease surveillance and response system: case of Burkina Faso, Eritrea, and Mali

icon Integrated Disease Surveillance in the African Region - A Regional Strategy for Communicable Disease [2.92 MB]

icon Guide - National Public Health Laboratory Networking to Strengthen Intergrated Disease Surveillance [1.01 MB]