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Electronic integrated disease early warning system launched in Yemen

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Dr_Nevio_Zagaria_gives_a_speech_about_the_importance_of_the_eIDEWSDr Nevio Zagaria gives a speech about the importance of the eIDEWSSana'a, 17 January 2017— Yesterday, the national epidemiological surveillance programme and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched in Sana’a the electronic integrated disease early warning system (eIDEWS).

The national integrated surveillance system and electronic disease early warning system (eDEWS) has been integrated into one system (eIDEWS) to ensure the speed and efficiency of data collection, analysis and public health response to outbreaks. The number of sentinel sites witnessed an increase from 400 reporting sites in 2015 to 1982 sites by the end of December 2016.

The electronic integrated disease early warning system (eIDEWS) is using mobile cellular software for data collection, alert generation, timely data analysis, outbreak early detection and response to 31 epidemic-prone diseases. The analysed information of the collected data is reflected by weekly epidemiological bulletin that give overview of morbidity and mortality, as well as public health threats and action taken at governorate level.

WHO is supporting the planning, supervision and coordination of local health systems, with the health cluster partners for appropriate action and immediate response to outbreaks.

WHO_is_supporting_the_planning_supervision_and_coordination_of_local_health_systems_with_the_health_cluster_partners_for_appropriate_action_and_immediaWHO is supporting the planning supervision and coordination of local health systems with the health cluster partners“The rapid expansion of the sentinel sites in all Yemen’s governorates amid security challenges and limited resources is a considerable achievement. WHO supported the set-up and running of this system which will allow us to take prompt action to prevent further spread of communicable diseases” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Acting Representative for Yemen.

“Reaching this point was not easy. We have a huge responsibility in validating and analysing the epidemiological data collected to produce the knowledge needed for planning the response to outbreaks and also to orient the preventive measures needed across the Country,” Dr Zagaria emphasized.

The electronic disease early warning system (eDEWS) was first initiated in Yemen in March 2013 in 4 pilot governorates: Aden, Abyan, Lahj and Taiz with only 98 reporting sites. Two months later, paper-based reporting was transformed into mobile phones-based reporting system.

Since the onset of the Yemen’s conflict in March 2015, limited access to health care services and a breakdown in safe water supply and sanitation services has caused the increase and the spread of endemic diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and acute diarrhoeal diseases. Amid this health situation, the electronic integrated disease early warning system is much needed to ensure the early detection and rapid response of outbreaks in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 27 426
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.6
Life expectancy 65.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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