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: oCountries yet to introduce rubella vaccine should put in place a plan for introduction at the earliest feasible time. oCountries should hold national-level workshops/technical discussions on how to move from outbreak-based surveillance to case-based surveillance, including defining outbreak response. oCountries should develop strategy documents on measles elimination and rubella/CRS control, with clear milestones and resource-needs estimates. oCountries, 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. oIn countries where capacity exists and resources are available, retrospective assessments for CRS burden should be considered. oThe WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia should organize a regional workshop on rubella/CRS in early 2014. oCase-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. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206444