Using DHIS in an Emergency Operations Centre in Event based surveillance

Part of the Event-based surveillance & rumor monitoring DAC2021 Session: Tuesday 22nd June 15:00

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Full Name: Maphuti Comfort Mankga
Job Title: Software Engineering Coordinator
Organization: HISP SA

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (Africa CDC) division of surveillance and disease intelligence monitors and analyses disease outbreaks and events that threaten health, alerts the disease preparedness and response of the Africa CDC, African Union (AU) member states, and partners to provide early warning and response. Event-based surveillance (EBS) is the organized and rapid capture of information about Events that are a potential risk to public health. Events may be reported through formal channels, such as ministries of health surveillance systems, and reported by informal channels, such as the media, health care workers and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Africa CDC has established an emergency operations centre (EOC) which applies the EBS approach to detect, monitor, and report on events.

A DHIS 2 Tracker Program was setup to capture rumours and events from all African Union member states. New events and updates to existing events are captured weekly. Moreover, the captured data is plotted onto visual, downloadable reports, which are shared with internal and external stakeholders every week. These event reports are generated with the standard HTML report module in DHIS 2. In addition, the reports show an illustrated Africa Map with the presence of reported events in respective member states that week.

This presentation highlights a unique use case of the DHIS 2 Tracker program for Event-based surveillance and will discuss how this model can be scaled for event-based surveillance in other countries and regions.