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Notice to Readers: SurvCost: Tool for Estimating Cost of Surveillance Systems

Since 1998, CDC, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been a technical partner with the World Health Organization Regional Headquarters for Africa (WHO/AFRO) in the design, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response systems. The purpose of this strategy is to develop surveillance and response capacities in African countries to improve timely detection, confirmation, and response to infectious diseases of concern to African communities.

To help national surveillance programs estimate the costs of initiating and operating an integrated surveillance system, CDC collaborated with WHO/AFRO to develop a spreadsheet-based tool, SurvCost, to estimate the costs of supporting a surveillance program. SurvCost leads users through a series of guided prompts that require entry of actual program costs in categories such as personnel, laboratory, office, capital equipment, transportation, and treatment. Users can analyze costs by health facility, surveillance activity, or disease. Such data can help disease surveillance system managers plan their budgets and advocate for additional resources to improve such systems. SurvCost is available at

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