Welcome to the WHO AFRO Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technical Guidelines online training courses.

The aims of the Training Package are to contribute to the implementation of the WHO/AFRO IDSR Strategy 2020 – 2030 and to enable participants to gain appropriate knowledge for using data to detect and respond to priority diseases, conditions and public health events, and thereby reduce the burden of illness, death and disability in communities.

The IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition explicitly describe what needs to be established at each level of the health system in Member States of the African Region in order to detect and respond to diseases, conditions and public health events that are responsible for many preventable illnesses, deaths and disabilities in local communities. The guidelines recommend thresholds for action on priority diseases, conditions and public health events.

Self-paced
Language: English
Normative

Course information

The full online Training Package will consist of 5 courses in English, French and Portuguese and will be available in early 2021.

Guidance for AFRO target audiences: Which IDSR course should I take?

Course 4 Overview:

Course 4 has been developed in order to ensure the successful implementation of the IDSR Strategy 2020 - 2030 and the IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition 2019: Booklets One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six, including Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19).

Course 4 describes and outlines the tools used for monitoring, supervision, evaluation and provision of feedback of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy. The course describes how to routinely monitor and annually evaluate the performance of the IDSR strategy at District/Regional/Provincial/National level. It also provides guidance to health staff supervisors on how to conduct regular supportive supervision of the IDSR strategy and provide feedback to all levels of the health system. The use of paper-based tools for implementation of IDSR has been an instrumental strategy for strengthening public health surveillance in the African region since IDSR was adopted in 1998. With the adoption of the International Health Regulations IHR (2005), which requires countries to strengthen capacity for disease surveillance and response, application of electronic tools to enhance real-time surveillance can improve timeliness of outbreak detection and response.

Course 4 also introduces the key principles of applying electronic-tools to provide real-time validated data for public health surveillance, investigation and prompt outbreak response.

A Participant's Guide for Course 4 is available here. Participant Guides contain the course content and learning activities and are provided for reference purposes during the online training and for further study offline.

We suggest that you download the IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition and the Participants Guide before you start the course.

Course 4 consists of an Overview presentation and 2 modules. The modules are further divided into various parts:

Module 1: Monitor, supervise, evaluate and provide feedback to improve surveillance and response

Part 1:Monitor to improve surveillance and response

Part 2: Supervise, evaluate and provide feedback to improve surveillance and response

Module 2: Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (eIDSR)

Part 1: Use of electronic tools/platforms in implementation of IDSR functions

Learning objectives:

  • By the end of Course 4 participants should be able to recall and understand the:
  • Methods and tools used in monitoring, supportive supervision, evaluation of the IDSR strategy and provision of feedback
  • Use of electronic tools/platforms in the implementation of IDSR functions

Course 4 duration: 1.5 hours

Certificates:

  • A Confirmation of Participation will be issued to participants who have completed 100% of the learning materials in Course 4
  • A Record of Achievement will be awarded to those participants who have earned at least 80% of the maximum number of points from the quizzes in Course 4. Participants will be able to have an unlimited number of attempts at these quizzes in order to achieve the 80%.
  • Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 100% of the course material.