Guide for national public health laboratory networking to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR). Test Version 1.0
Published Date:September 2008
Description:Acknowledgements -- 1.0. Background -- 2.0. Situation analysis -- 3.0. Justification -- 4.0. Essential public health laboratory functions -- 5.0. Establishing National Public Health Laboratory Network -- 6.0. Steps for establishing an NPHL network -- 7.0. Linkage of NPHLN with WHO regional and sub-regional PHL network -- 8.0. Monitoring and evaluation -- 9.0. References -- Annex 1: Terms of reference for NPHLN -- Annex 2: Terms of reference for an IDSR Laboratory Technical Committee -- Annex 3: Terms of reference for the laboratory focal person -- Annex 4: Public health laboratory network functions -- Annex 5: WHO/AFRO IDSR priority diseases -- Annex 6: List of core IDSR laboratory tests for confirming outbreaks -- Annex 7: Laboratory line list of bacteriological specimen and pathogens isolated for surveillance -- Annex 8: Recommended laboratory equipment for each level -- Annex 9: Recommended supplies for outbreak investigation -- Annex 10: Sample form for reporting laboratory results -- Annex 11: Proposed laboratory indicators for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of a laboratory network -- Annex 12: Requirements of the national laboratories in the context of IHR – core capacity checklist -- Annex 13: Specimens for priority diseases to confirm at district level.
This document was developed by the World Health Organization for Africa (WHO/AFRO) in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents are based on recommendations in the Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region. This document intends to support policy makers and national public health authorities in carrying out activities for improving laboratory support to the Integrated Disease Surveillance strategy. Funding for the development and production of this document was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Africa Bureau).
The specific goals of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) are to strengthen district-level surveillance and response for priority diseases, to integrate surveillance with laboratory support, and to translate information generated from surveillance and laboratory data into specific public health actions.
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