By Admin Demo
The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) based at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) has designed a digital disease surveillance tools packaged as AfyaData. The tools are those which enhance community-based and official disease surveillance systems in the detection, reporting and feedback loops of health events occurring in animal and human populations and their environment. This program is implemented through the Enhancing community-based Disease Outbreak Detection and Response in East and Southern Africa (DODRES) project and is supported by the Ending Pandemics.
Using participatory One Health approach, AfyaData has been deployed to enhance community-based and official animal disease surveillance in five districts in Tanzania. It has also been deployed to support cholera surveillance in five districts in Tanzania.
AfyaData was officially launched at SUA on May 24, 2018 by Prof. Raphael T. Chibunda, the Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture. The event was attended by stakeholders from different sectors related to human and animal health in Tanzania including representatives of the Regional Administrative Secretary for Morogoro, Director General of the Tanzania National Park Authority, Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research, Director of Health, Social Welfare and Nutritional Services of the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government Authority, Director of AMREF Health Africa in Tanzania, Executive Director of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and District Executive Directors for Ulanga, Malinyi and Kilosa District.
In his remarks, Prof. Chibunda, highlighted on potential effect of AfyaData to enhance collaboration between the sectors responsible for human and animal health in the early detection, control and prevention of infectious diseases especially those transmitted between animals and humans. He argued the stakeholders to use AfyaData to capture health events occurring at community level to inform the relevant sectors on timely basis.
On his part, Mr. Yusuph Sonda who represented the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government Authority emphasized on the need for the sectors responsible of human and animal health and their environment to collaborate towards strategic control and prevention of infectious diseases. He highlighted further that the effectiveness of surveillance systems largely depend on timely availability of good quality data.
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