DHIS2 Annual Conference: Event-based surveillance & rumor monitoring session, today at 15:00

Event-based surveillance & rumor monitoring Session today Tuesday 22 June, 15:00 (CEST)

Learn how DHIS2 has been designed and deployed for event-based surveillance and rumor monitoring. Africa CDC uses DHIS2 as a regional platform to capture, analyze and disseminate information about public health events reporting from formal and non-formal sources across Africa Union member states.

In Uganda, the DHIS2 platform has been used for event-based surveillance as part of the overall electronic case-based surveillance platform (eCBDS). Integration with the SMS platform 6767 allows reporting and alerts of events from the community into DHIS2, analysis, investigation and feedback to the community about the event. In Vietnam, a chatbot integrated with DHIS2 captures event-based surveillance data from private health care providers and pharmacists, feeding provincial CDC dashboards in DHIS2 for analysis. JHU’s Breakthrough ACTION Project designed and disseminated a DHIS2 metadata package to combat misinformation through systematic, real-time monitoring of rumors. You can find more on JHU’s presentation here and on PSI work in Vietnam here.

You can post your questions ahead of, during, or after the session. Our speakers will check this thread for questions, and select some for responding to in the session, or follow up after the session has ended. Feel free to respond to other questions or add to them if you have something to follow up with.

@Emma_Kassy thanks for the presentation. Can you share any specific examples of events reported through this channel that lead to the early detection of an outbreak? Or alternatively, what % of events reported are verified and investigated, and what % of those were confirmed to be valid and required a response?

Thank you, @bram_piot
During the Ebola outbreak in 2018, the the ALert/Rumor system was fundamental in informing the national level of suspect cases in the Western Region. Lately, we have been able to verify more than 1000 Alerts in the past quarters and a big percentage of these are around COVID-19. Of course we still have some work (not directly associated to the system) to do in bridging the gap of alerts verified and investigated and we hope the new SMS Management App can help to establish this connection.
The PHEOC is rolling out the latest IDSR guidelines and this SMS Management App is part of the eIDSR package.


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Thanks a lot, that’s good to know and nice to see that the system is functional, despite the challenges (which I can relate to - we’re supporting the PHEOC in Laos and elsewhere in South-east Asia and are also looking at improving various EBS components).