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Title: The impact of the disease early warn ing system in responding to natural disasters and conflict crises in Pakistan
Authors: Rahim, M.
Kazi, B.M.
Bile, K.M.
Munir, M.
Khan, A.R.
Issue Date: 2010
Language: English
Abstract: The disease early warning system [DEWS] was introduced in the immediate aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, with the objective to undertake prompt investigation and mitigation of disease outbreaks. The DEWS network was replicated successfully during subsequent flood and earthquake disasters as well as during the2008-09 internally displaced persons'crisis. DEWS-generated alerts, prompt investigations and timely responses had an effective contribution to the control of epidemics. Through DEWS, 1360 reported alerts during 2005-09 averted the risk of disease outbreaks through pre-emptive necessary measures, while the 187 confirmed outbreaks were effectively controlled. In the aftermath of the disasters, DEWS technology also facilitated the development of a disease-surveillance system that became an integral part of the district health system. This study aims to report the DEWS success and substantiate its lead role as a priority emergency health response intervention
Description: 114-121
Keywords: Disease Outbreaks
Risk Assessment
Subject: Epidemics
ISSN: 1020-3397
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