Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)

CDC team members and WHO-AFRO representatives conduct an IDSR e-Learning pre-launch workshop in Blantyre, Malawi.

CDC team members and WHO-AFRO representatives conduct an IDSR e-Learning pre-launch workshop in Blantyre, Malawi.

The Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework makes surveillance and laboratory data more usable, helping public health managers and decision-makers improve detection and response to the leading causes of illness, death, and disability in African countries.

CDC has played a leading role in designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating IDSR since its inception in 1988. With funding from USAID, CDC’s IDSR team collaborated with WHO/AFRO to lead the development of the IDSR framework and the design and development of the Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and the IDSR Training Modules. In addition, CDC programs across the agency reviewed and cleared summary guidelines for the framework’s 40 priority diseases, which include those diseases, syndromes, and conditions targeted by the International Health Regulations (2005). Strengthening laboratory support to surveillance also is a cornerstone of the IDSR strategy, and CDC’s global laboratory programs have provided guidance on strengthening laboratory networks, accreditation, and external quality assurance for national public health laboratories.

For more information about IDSR, please visit the World Health Organization Integrated Disease Surveillanceexternal icon website.