Mapping the Risk and Distribution of Epidemics in the WHO African Region: a technical report

by Ibrahima-Socé Fall, Nestor Ndayimirije, Zabulon Yoti et al.
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa – Published on 01 May 2016

66 pp. 8.3 MB
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/206560/1/97892902330844.pdf?ua=1mapping-epidemics-0516

Disease surveillance is a critical component in detecting and effectively responding to epidemics to minimize loss of live and their disruptive consequences. Carefully assembled surveillance data at the highest possible spatial resolutions also permit the understanding of the burden of epidemics, their co-occurrence and the key biological, ecological, economic, health system and governance determinants. It is for this purpose that the WHO-AFRO has commissioned this report. The overarching objective was to develop a comprehensive spatially defined database of outbreaks and epidemics and delineate the ecological zones of diseases that are classified as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

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