Mali: Implementation guide for community-based epidemiological surveillance delivered to government
An implementation guide for community-based epidemiological surveillance (CBES) has been produced by TDDA, working with a range of partners, as part of our technical assistance to the Government of Mali.
CBES is an active process of engaging communities in efforts to monitor, detect, report and respond to health events. Vigilance at the community level can help in the fight against disease outbreaks by ensuring problems are reported early, including detecting cases among individuals who would not otherwise seek medical care. Building local participation in surveillance leads to a greater understanding of health risks and the creation of health care networks within communities. Meanwhile, the data collected in this way can be used to determine the need for public health action.
The handover of 200 copies of the guide took place at a small ceremony on August 06 at the DGSHP, under the chairmanship of the DGA. Also present were the team leader of the USAID-funded IDDS project, the team leader of the AFENET project, and the Deputy Director DPLM and his staff.
The Director thanked TDDA and our partners for their help to operationalize CBES in Mali and committed to making this guidance available to relevant actors, especially those working in operational roles.
TDDA’s work in Mali is delivered by Fondation Mérieux, in partnership with Mali’s Ministry of Health and the Fondation Mérieux USA