Integrated Disease Surveillance in Africa: A Regional Strategy (1999-2003), Report of The Regional Director
Abstract1. In September 1993, through resolution AFRlRC431R7, the Regional Committee approved the proposed steps for strengthening epidemiological surveillance at various levels of the health system, including organization of training activities at district level. Further, the Committee declared the next five years as a period for preventing and combating epidemics of communicable diseases in Member States, through improved epidemiological surveillance at district level. 2. Despite the increasingJy important role of disease surveillance in planning, resource allocation and mobilization, and for early detection of and response to epidemic outbreaks as well as for quantifying the impact of disease prevention and control programmes, the existing system in many Member States is not producing the required relevant information. 3. Currently, the dysfunction in disease surveillance systems in most Member States is causing failure to detect epidemic outbreaks, resulting in diseases spreading, human suffering and loss of lives. Among other things, weaknesses in data collection, analysis, and use of information for action at ail levels, Jack of resources and lack of awareness on the usefulness of the system are some of the reasons for the weak surveillance system. 4. Consequently, the Regional Director proposes that each Member State should strengthen its disease surveillance system following an integrated approach, the details of which are presented in this document. 5. The Regional Committee is invited to review the document entitled "integrated Disease Surveillance in Africa: A Regional Strategy (1999-2003)", and give orientations for the strengthening of surveillance systems, using an integrated approach.
Regional Committee for Africa, 48. (1998). Integrated Disease Surveillance in Africa: A Regional Strategy (1999-2003), Report of The Regional Director. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1749