Brazzaville, 16 November 2015 - In an ambitious move to strengthen national health securities and improve health outcomes, the World Health Organization (WHO) is initiating the introduction of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in the training curricula for students in pre-service and in-service health training institutions in the African Region.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) developed a guide for the introduction of IDSR in the curriculum targeting the mid-level and university level health training institutions. Considering the high turnover of the staff trained on IDSR, this effort will contribute to further strengthening the capacities of Member States for early detection and response to priority diseases, conditions and events in response to the increasing frequency and severity of public health events (PHEs).
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.