OCG (MSF Switzerland) has been operating in the Berberati region in Central African Republic (CAR) since January 2014. The country and the specific region has suffered from a degradation in the sanitary conditions as a result of the coup d’état in 2013. In addition, the national disease monitoring systems has been severely impeded and not been able to fulfil its functions. The general goal of the surveillance system is to monitor the epidemiological situation of potentially epidemic diseases (such as cholera or haemorrhagic fevers), PEV diseases (such as measles, diphtheria and Whooping Cough), as well as potential public health risk diseases (such as malaria, HIV or Tuberculosis). Non-communicable health threats such as malnutrition and undesired post-vaccination secondary effects are also being monitored. In order to cover for the health data surveillance function gap now faced in the Berberati region, as well as develop sustainable options, 2IM (OCG’s Innovation Unit) is working on putting a new system in place. MSF Sweden Innovation Unit is supporting 2IM in this work with the objectives to strengthen the capacity for effective surveillance and monitoring, better use and analysis of data at different levels, trigger epidemiological investigations and effective solutions as well as promote the participation of medical professionals.
Operational Centre Geneva, 2IM
External financial support provided by Postkodlotteriet.