IDI Supporting Electronic Investigation of Diseases Across Districts in Uganda

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Training and Global Health Security departments are supporting the Ministry of Health to deliver training on, electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (eIDSR) in priority health facilities in the 60 districts in Uganda. The Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technical Guidelines recommend reporting the immediate notifiable diseases electronically through SMS or phone calls.

A team of trainers from the Ministry of Health and the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) are conducting an onsite facility-based training targeting surveillance teams at the facility level. The goal of the training is to equip facility surveillance teams with knowledge in the use of eIDSR for case registration, alert management, and interpretation of disease surveillance data. The facility teams will be trained in the use of mobile-based eIDSR Android and SMS applications for the registration and notification of cases.

The training will target 600 facility surveillance staff from high priority facilities in 60 districts across 6 regions that include Karamoja, Lango, Busoga, Kigezi, Ankole, and South Central (Masaka) and border districts like Tororo, Busia, Amuru, and Ntungamo in 2 weeks between March 28th and April 8th, 2022.

IDI is committed to strengthening indicator and event-based surveillance systems to timely detect and arrest public health threats through interoperable and interconnected electronic reporting systems in both human and animal health. These activities are in line with the institute’s mandate to leverage established capacity and platforms for effective disease control.

The trainings have been made possible with funding from The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.