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Objectives of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)

The specific objectives of IDSR are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of countries to conduct effective surveillance activities: train personnel at all levels; develop and carry out plans of action; and advocate and mobilize resources.
  • Integrate multiple surveillance systems so that forms, personnel and resources can be used more efficiently.
  • Improve the use of information to detect changes in time to conduct a rapid response to suspected epidemics and outbreaks; monitor the impact of interventions (for example, monitoring declining incidence rates, and case fatality ratios); facilitate evidence-based response to public health events; and inform health policy design, planning; and program management.
  • Improve the flow of surveillance information between and within levels of the health system.
  • Strengthen laboratory capacity and involvement in confirmation of pathogens and monitoring of drug sensitivity.
  • Increase involvement of clinicians in the surveillance system.
  • Emphasize community participation in detection and response to public health problems including event based surveillance and response in line with IHR (2005).
  • Use data thresholds to trigger epidemiological investigations in detection, investigation and reporting of public health problems, and in the implementation of effective public health interventions.
  • Page last reviewed: January 25, 2012
  • Page last updated: January 25, 2012
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