Improved disease Surveillance Reporting: Impact Story from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Project

Project: Public Health Preparedness in Gambella 6th December 2017

Mr. Zewude Assefa, officer in charge of DEEP Public Health Emergency Project in Gambella and subject matter specialist for surveillance reporting in the National Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) unit mentioned the important role played by the DEPP project in terms of addressing the basic gaps in the surveillance system.

He said, “The DEPP project has definitely brought changes and has a bigger impact on the overall health emergency preparedness and response in the region. The simple change indicator which we were able to track so far based on the data we are getting from the region is, the surveillance system has improved in terms of timelines and completeness from 50% at the baseline  to 80%  since the  project  implementation started  and this will ultimately strengthen early warning ,preparedness and response systems in the region.

He added, “the project support in terms of updated technologies (tablets) was particularly instrumental supporting our efforts to link to the WHO’s web-based pilot project for surveillance data collection application system.”

 Mr. Zewdu Assefa, National PHEM Officer, Ministry of Health


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