Surveillance and Response
The APMEN Surveillance and Response Training was held in Wuxi, at the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases (JIPD) from 20 – 29 October and was attended by 53 participants, 36 of which were from APMEN countries. APMEN Country Partners Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu, and Vietnam attended the training.
Co-funded by the China Ministry of Commerce and facilitated by the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases (JIPD), the training was also attended by invited participants from Ethiopia, Malawi, Pakistan, Palestine and South Sudan. The training was focused on surveillance and response, as the transition towards malaria elimination from control necessitates a greater priority of surveillance. The surveillance strategy must be comprehensive and tailored to a country’s needs, and it must be well executed and supervised. Surveillance is also an important part of the documentation for malaria free certification.
In the lead up to the training, through consultation with APMEN country partners, it became clear that there are gaps in capacity in national programs with regards to surveillance, in particular active case detection methods and execution, stratification processes, and surveillance data analysis. Response to surveillance information has also been identified as a weak area. The training was developed to fill this gap.
The objective of the 10-day training was increase knowledge and ability of participants to:
- Describe the main principles of malaria and the role of surveillance and response in malaria control, elimination, and prevention of reintroduction
- Describe how their malaria passive case detection and active case detection reporting system functions
- Identify the ways to conduct and use stratification and a spatial decision support system to improve the quality and effectiveness of the malaria control program and in particular of surveillance and response
- Describe the type of data analysis and appropriate responses that can be executed with their program surveillance data
- Describe an action plan for implementation of strategic planning and enhancement of interventions in their national malaria programs
A business meeting of the APMEN Surveillance and Response Working Group was also held in Wuxi, on September 25.