Although in the context of less developed countries they are often criticised as being too complicated and expensive, disease surveillance systems still play a major role in todays health management information and
There are quite a number of different types of disease surveillance systems, which are (sometimes very emotionally) discussed. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and are applied mainly depending on the
needed quality in relation to the neccessary expenses. I got mainly in contact with
- health service based disease surveillance as it comes with the routine reporting from the health providers in Fort Portal, Uganda and Nouna, Burkina Faso.
- disease surveillance linked to sentinel studies as they were popped into the demographic surveillance system in Nouna, Burkina Faso.
In the publications section, you can find a presentation by my former colleague Yazoumé Yé and me on how to combine these two.