Surveillance standards for measles and other priority vaccine-preventable diseases in South-East Asia
Other TitlesReport of a regional workshop New Delhi, India, -23-27 Sep 2013
AbstractMember States of the South-East Asia Region met in September 2013 to define which indicators they wished to include in their own case-based measles/rubella surveillance systems, as part of their initiative to meet the goal of measles and rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) elimination by 2020. They were asked to review a set of core variables and suggest changes, as appropriate. A set of core variables were agreed upon, so that when countries begin to submit case-based data to the Regional Office, the data are comparable. Finally, the meeting concluded with the following recommendations: o Countries yet to introduce rubella vaccine should put in place a plan for introduction at the earliest feasible time. o Countries should hold national-level workshops/technical discussions on how to move from outbreak-based surveillance to case-based surveillance, including defining outbreak response. o Countries should develop strategy documents on measles elimination and rubella/CRS control, with clear milestones and resource-needs estimates. o Countries, particularly the large ones, should establish sentinel surveillance for CRS. Even if disease burden cannot be established for CRS, sentinel surveillance will allow assessment of vaccination impact in the future. o In countries where capacity exists and resources are available, retrospective assessments for CRS burden should be considered. o The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia should organize a regional workshop on rubella/CRS in early 2014. o Case-based reporting should be started from January 2014, with weekly reporting from subnational to national level, and from national level to the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Surveillance standards for measles and other priority vaccine-preventable diseases in South-East Asia. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206444