Surveillance, Research and Emergency Response Unit within the Directorate of Public Health is one of the core components of public health decision-making and practice. Limited resources for health mean that choices need to be made and priorities set, including for surveillance, research and emergency response activities.
Summary of Services
The key areas of focus for the Surveillance, Research and Emergency response unit are:
- Syndromic surveillance
- Event-Based surveillance
- Laboratory surveillance
- Enhance surveillance
- Research processes
- Emergency response
The Surveillance, Research and Emergency response Unit Objective for 2017 were:
- To systematically monitor trends in health, disease and the determinants of health through established surveillance system.
- To rapidly detect unusual events, epidemics or other changes in the health or determinants of health of a population through established routine syndromic surveillance, event-based surveillance, enhance surveillance and laboratory surveillance.
- To evaluate new or ongoing prevention control measures.
- To revive existing established National Health Research and Ethics Committee to oversees foreign and in country researchers.
- To response to disease specific outbreaks and post disaster situation.
Means of Service Delivery
- To established National Strategy for disease surveillance, research and emergency response.
- Review of the National disease surveillance and response guidelines.
- Conduct supervisory visits and trainings at provincial level surveillance sentinel sites on disease surveillance response guidelines (syndromic, event-based, laboratory and enhance surveillance).
- Conduct awareness training at provincial level on Incidence Management System (simulation/ table-top exercise on IMS activation and implementation.
- Routine weekly syndromic surveillance data collection and reporting from surveillance sentinel sites to national and to regional.
- Conduct response to disease specific outbreaks and post disaster situation.
- Conduct review annual meeting to evaluate the actual implementation outcome against actual business plan target.