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Background and Strategy

Effective infectious disease surveillance (IDS) systems depend upon the functioning and interaction of a number of different components. Some of these components, such as the availability of operational laboratories or standardized reporting guidelines, have received more attention than others, such as the motivation and capacity of health staff to compile and use IDS data. PHRplus and PHR have invested significant effort in ensuring that planning and policy-making processes across the health sector are based on empirical evidence. Recognizing PHRplus' expertise in promoting information-based decision making, USAID has requested the Project to assist with the strengthening of IDS systems. PHRplus is combining conceptual and analytical work on what it takes to establish an effective IDS system with technical assistance in three countries and a range of monitoring and evaluation initiatives in order not only to achieve results at the country level, but also cast light on the best strategies for strengthening IDS systems.

Activities

  • Elaboration of a strategic framework to guide IDS system strengthening
  • Technical assistance to strengthen integrated infectious disease surveillance systems
  • Strengthening immunization management information systems
  • Monitoring and evaluation of IDS strengthening strategies
  • Documentation and dissemination of experiences

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