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  Sierra Leone s public health experts meet to review data from the last three months on the trend of priority diseases in the country Coming from the country s national and district technical and administrative levels as well as from partners experts will monitor and assess surveillance indicators and performance of three key components including disease surveillance laboratory capacity and surveillance programs immunization for the period April to June 2022 This is the second meeting of the experts this year Held quarterly the meeting facilitates the exchange of information between national and district health authorities and partners ensures data harmonization and seeks viable solutions to jointly improve the effective performance of public health surveillance activities and improve progress on vaccine preventable diseases in Sierra Leone Some of the additional key outputs from this meeting will include the review of the indicator for COVID 19 disease surveillance and the plan for a potential increase in disease It will also facilitate refresher training for surveillance and laboratory officers to strengthen surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases Remarkable progress has been made in disease surveillance in Sierra Leone as evidenced by the quality of weekly data being reported from all public health facilities across the country says Representative Dr Steven V Shongwe of the WHO in Sierra Leone And for us at WHO we see bringing together the people who generate this data and the national authorities and health development partners who would eventually use the data for decision making as a top priority to achieve health security and universal health coverage he added Sierra Leone has made significant progress in achieving WHO global and regional public health surveillance indicator targets despite challenges and disruptions to planned activities caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Health Safety and Emergencies Directorate and the National Disease Surveillance Program with the support of WHO and other partners tracks the occurrence of priority diseases including vaccine preventable diseases in country conducts active case finding case investigation specimen collection and laboratory investigation The Ministry also regularly monitors the performance of the program to obtain clear information on the performance of the districts to guide decision making at the various levels The WHO country office is providing technical and financial support to enhance the country s disease surveillance capacities by facilitating supportive supervision district meetings and national review meetings such as this one Effective public health surveillance is one of the important strategies for disease prevention and control in a country
National experts converge to review public health surveillance data in Sierra Leone

1 Sierra Leone‘s public health experts meet to review data from the last three months on the trend of priority diseases in the country.

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2 Coming from the country’s national and district technical and administrative levels, as well as from partners, experts will monitor and assess surveillance indicators and performance of three key components, including disease surveillance, laboratory capacity, and surveillance programs.

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3 immunization for the period April to June 2022.

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4 This is the second meeting of the experts this year.

5 Held quarterly, the meeting facilitates the exchange of information between national and district health authorities and partners, ensures data harmonization, and seeks viable solutions to jointly improve the effective performance of public health surveillance activities.

6 and improve progress on vaccine-preventable diseases in Sierra Leone.

7 Some of the additional key outputs from this meeting will include the review of the indicator for COVID-19 disease surveillance and the plan for a potential increase in disease.

8 It will also facilitate refresher training for surveillance and laboratory officers to strengthen surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases.

9 “Remarkable progress has been made in disease surveillance in Sierra Leone, as evidenced by the quality of weekly data being reported from all public health facilities across the country,” says Representative Dr. Steven V Shongwe of the WHO in Sierra Leone.

10 “And for us at WHO, we see bringing together the people who generate this data and the national authorities and health development partners who would eventually use the data for decision-making as a top priority to achieve health security and universal health coverage.

11 he added.

12 Sierra Leone has made significant progress in achieving WHO global and regional public health surveillance indicator targets despite challenges and disruptions to planned activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

13 The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, through the Health Safety and Emergencies Directorate and the National Disease Surveillance Program, with the support of WHO and other partners, tracks the occurrence of priority diseases, including vaccine-preventable diseases in country, conducts active case finding, case investigation, specimen collection, and laboratory investigation.

14 The Ministry also regularly monitors the performance of the program to obtain clear information on the performance of the districts to guide decision-making at the various levels.

15 The WHO country office is providing technical and financial support to enhance the country’s disease surveillance capacities by facilitating supportive supervision, district meetings and national review meetings such as this one.

16 Effective public health surveillance is one of the important strategies for disease prevention and control in a country.

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