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CDC's Role in Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)

Since 1998, when the Member States in AFRO adopted the IDSR strategy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has played a leading role in designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating IDSR. With funding from USAID, CDC’s IDSR team led the development of the IDSR framework and the design and development of the Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and the IDSR Training Modules.

More than 100 surveillance and disease experts from CDC, WHO, and Ministries of Health in African countries contributed to the concepts, approaches and technical requirements that comprise the IDSR strategy.

In addition, CDC programs across the agency reviewed and cleared summary guidelines for the 40 priority diseases, which include those diseases, syndromes and conditions targeted by the International Health Regulations (2005). In recognition that a comprehensive surveillance system is critical in the early detection and response to infectious diseases such as pandemic influenza, cholera, polio, meningococcal meningitis, viral hemorrhagic fevers and other acute disease outbreaks, several CDC programs have now incorporated IDSR strategies into their technical assistance initiatives.

Strengthening laboratory support to surveillance is a cornerstone of the IDSR strategy. The IDSR team works with CDC’s global laboratory programs to provide guidance on strengthening laboratory networks, accreditation, and external quality assurance for national public health laboratories.

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