Syndromic Surveillance in Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) and Pre Hospital Emergency Care in India | International Society for Disease Surveillance


Please join the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Global Outreach and Research Committees and the Public Health Foundation of India for an in-depth look at the challenges and possible solutions for disease surveillance in resource-limited settings. The event is intended as the first in an expanded effort to reach a broader and more diverse group of decision-makers, researchers, and practitioners than past events. The webinar will be presented twice, in order to reach attendees in both eastern and western hemispheres.

April 25, 2012 – 04:00 – 05:30 GMT (Starting at 12:00am US ET and 9:30am IST) | Register

April 26, 2012 – 16:00 – 17:30 GMT (Starting at 12:00pm US ET and 9:30pm IST) | Register

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Dr. Vivek Singh, Public Health Specialist, Public Health Foundation of India

Dr. Biranchi Jena, Senior Research Partner, Emergency Management and Research Institute


Globally, disease surveillance systems suffer from a number of resource constraints. These constraints are more pronounced in developing countries, which bear the greatest burden of disease and where pathogens are more likely to emerge, reemerge, and mutate into drug-resistant strains (US-GAO August 2001). It has traditionally been difficult to monitor disease burden and trends in India, and even more difficult to detect, diagnose, and control outbreaks until they had become quite large (Suresh June 2003).   The presentation this webinar, by Dr. Vivek Singh, will discuss assessment of the factors (enablers and barriers) affecting the sensitivity of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) in Andhra Pradesh state in India to detect the surge in H1N1 cases during 2009-10. The IDSP was initiated in November 2004 in an effort to improve the surveillance and response infrastructure at the district level and throughout the country.  

The second presentation, by Dr. Biranchi Jena, will discuss a System for Early-warning based on Emergency Data (SEED). The GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI) runs professional and comprehensive free emergency services in many states in India. As part of a routine protocol, details of the emergency victim, including demographics, chief complaints and other details are captured by the GVK EMRI emergency services after the toll free number 108 is dialed – thus generating real-time data.

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