Webinar June 15: The Role of Community-based Surveillance in Global Health Security

23 May, 2023



Thursday, June 15, 2023

9:00 am – 10:15 am EDT

Register here (GoToWebinar): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6329477654950670681

Webinar ID: 277-701-347

Join us for the fifth webinar in a series to highlight diagnostic and surveillance best practices and lessons learned from the USAID Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project.

Community-based surveillance (CBS) is used for early detection of potentially epidemic diseases through reporting by community members. CBS enables the systematic detection and reporting of events of public health significance at the source. CBS uses two strategies: monitoring of indicators in the form of community case definitions to identify diseases (indicator-based surveillance), and reporting of unusual events that represent an acute risk to human health (event-based surveillance). When using the indicator-based approach, countries select specific diseases, such as measles, cholera, polio, and viral hemorrhagic fevers, and conduct surveillance at the community level. USAID’s Global Health Security program, through its technical partners, has enhanced surveillance systems for diseases with epidemic and epizootic potential using the One Health approach [https://onehealthinitiative.com/about/] through community-based surveillance, including event-based surveillance. With the One Health approach, community workers affiliated with human, animal, and environmental sectors look for and report events in their respective communities.

IDDS has supported the implementation of CBS in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Vietnam, including integrating COVID-19 reporting into CBS interventions. The webinar will feature global perspectives on CBS within pandemic preparedness and response efforts, highlight Mali’s approaches to integrating CBS into the health system, and elaborate on implementation realities at the community level in Senegal from a community health worker.


Ochi Akwiwu-Ibe – Overview

Deputy Project Director, IDDS

Doudou Diop – Moderator

Surveillance Lead, IDDS

Ngone Diop

Community Health Worker

Tambacounda, Senegal

Cheryl Kamin

Senior Infectious Disease Advisor, USAID

Alternate Contracting Officer’s Representative, IDDS

Yacouba Kone

Head of Division of Disease Surveillance and Response

Ministry of Health, Mali

Etien Luc Koua

Emergency Health Information Management and Risk Assessment Manager, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Dorothy Peprah

Senior Global Health Security Agenda Advisor, USAID

IDDS is a six-year project that operates in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia where there are significant gaps in health systems’ ability to detect, track, and rapidly respond to infectious diseases and drug-resistant infections that pose a major threat to public health and global health security.

HIFA profile: Emily Nink is a Senior Health Technical Writer at Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS), Rockville, MD USA. iddsproject.org Emily.Nink AT icf.com