Stakeholders representing the Guinean ministries of Health, Livestock and Environment and international partners met in Kindia from January 29 to February 1, 2018 for a workshop to review and update data collection tools used for the surveillance of priority epidemic-prone diseases (EPDs). Examples of priority EPDs include cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, viral hemorrhagic fevers (including Ebola Virus Disease) and yellow fever.
Up-to-date and user-friendly data collection tools are vital for the accurate and rapid detection of potential public health threats before they spread. This workshop is part of a comprehensive Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strengthening project funded by CDC through implementing partners such as Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International. The IDSR strengthening project falls within CDC Guinea’s efforts under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to prevent outbreaks before they occur; and when outbreaks do occur, to rapidly detect and respond to them before they spread.
At the end of the workshop, updated data collection tools that meet international standards were produced for all priority EPDs (including priority zoonotic diseases – human anthrax, rabies, brucellosis, rift valley fever and avian flu) and priority public health events (neonatal tetanus, maternal deaths). The next phase of the project involves printing the updated tools in sufficient quantity to supply all reporting health facilities nationwide for at least one year; and training key surveillance staff at all levels of the national health pyramid on the correct usage of these tools.