Disease surveillance is an information-based activity involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of large volumes of data originating from a variety of sources.
Intellectual Concepts provides solid capabilities in disease surveillance worldwide—from sample collection to research/analysis to interpreting data. Our work includes:
- Developing and implementing SOPs for enhancing polio and other Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) surveillance for the frontline health workforce in high- risk districts and underserved communities.
- Strengthening surveillance and active case detection in health facilities—many with poor surveillance performance.
- Investigating measles and polio cases.
- Disseminating laboratory results, and preparing and coordinating surveillance activity evaluations.
- Sensitizing and mobilizing administrative, religious, political and community leaders to measles and polio surveillance activities.
IC led the development of the first national Disease Surveillance and Response Strategic Plan in Africa. In Nigeria, IC developed and enhanced a polio surveillance plan to prepare the southern states for certification as polio-free.
Data Training Support Services for VPDs and Disease Surveillance:
IC is actively engaged in the training of data collectors, frontline vaccinators, and other personnel to use tools developed for the management of EPI data—specifically, to enter, extract, and analyze such data.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of control and preventative health measures.
- Monitor changes in infectious agents e.g. trends in development of antimicrobial resistance.
- Support health planning and the allocation of appropriate resources within the healthcare system.
- Identify high risk populations or areas to target interventions.
- Provide a valuable archive of disease activity for future reference.