WHO AFRO Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response Virtual Communities of Practice Network

Objectives

  1. Enhance and strengthen the capacity of countries to conduct effective surveillance activities, including continuing professional development, sharing and discussing surveillance data internally and externally, developing and implementing plans of action based on review of surveillance and laboratory data, and advocacy and mobilization of resources.

  2. Enhance and strengthen use of information in a timely manner to support a rapid evidence-based response to suspect epidemics and outbreaks; monitor the impact of interventions, i.e., declining incidence, spread, case fatality, and facilitate evidence-based response to public health events.

  3. Improve the flow of surveillance information between and within levels of the national health system, regionally and at the continental level to ensure a continuous and timely provision and use of information for public health decision making and response.

Programs and Frequencies

IDSR ToT Virtual Community of Practice Network

Sessions occur weekly for one hour, starting mid-September on Mondays.

Led by the WCOs and WHO/AFRO, thie teleECHO includes the IDSR national focal points (WCO IDSR focal persons and the national surveillance officer at the MoH) and IDSR national trainers from 47 countries (approximately 300 people).

Weekly Multi-Country IDSR Webinars

Three separate English, French and Portuguese sessions conducted weekly, every Thursday, October 1 to December 10.

  • The English sessions target district level IDSR health officers in the all the English speaking countries.

  • French sessions target district IDSR health officers in all French speaking countries.

  • Portuguese sessions target district level IDSR health officers in all Portuguese speaking countries

  • These sessions will be facilitated by the regional pool of IDSR 3rd Edition facilitators (from MoH, WCOs, WHO/AFRO including the Hubs and the ISTs).

IDSR VCOP at National level

This will be facilitated at country level by the National IDSR FP and WHO DPC

Target Audiences

  • District level

    • human health professionals

    • veterinarian

    • environmental health officers

  • Public and private confessional health services

  • Students from the health training institutions, medical schools, nursing schools, etc.

Outcomes

  • Regional VCOP to support the scale up of IDSR 3rd Edition in AFR

  • National virtual community of practice to support the scale up of IDSR 3rd Edition in-country