Syndromic surveillance for early detection and control of Foot-and-mouth And Similar Transboundary animal diseases (FAST)




Literature review, workshop, capacity building, surveillance design

Project status
Capacity building

The project was implemented according to the three phases. An initial scoping literature review was implemented to provide an overview of current global veterinary SyS initiatives in settings ranging from basic infrastructure for health data collection to highly specialized systems in the regions of North Africa, Southeast Europe and Middle East. Following the completion of the literature review, one regional 2-days workshop was held in Lebanon across May and June 2023. The main objectives of the workshop were first to introduce the concept and methods for syndromic surveillance (SyS) to the countries in the region. Second to discuss the feasibility (strengths and limitations) and benefits to adopt and integrate a syndromic surveillance system in the current national surveillance efforts. In addition, a specific objective of the regional workshop was to identify a pilot country for designing a pilot SyS for FAST diseases. Jordan was identified as the pilot country. Through two national workshops and virtual follow-up meetings, the national stakeholders in Jordan were guided through the necessary steps to design a SyS tailored to the conditions in the country. As part of this process, a roadmap to launch the pilot SyS in Jordan was developed.

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