WEST AFRICA: CCISD keeps its support to the epidemiological surveillance through a new initiative

CCISD, in collaboration with Fondation Mérieux, is responsible of the implementation of 47 Centres for Epidemiologic Surveillance, also known as CES, as part of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project (REDISSE) in West Africa, an initiative coordinated by the West African Health Organization, or WAHO.

Through the mandate entrusted by WAHO, CCISD will be able to carry out activities following up on those implemented under the West Africa Regional Disease Surveillance Capacity Strengthening (WARDS) Project that ended in June 2017.

More specifically, CCISD’s team will work closely with relevant national authorities in five countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo.

While building on its extensive experience gained throughout the Integrated Epidemiological Surveillance Support Project (IESSP, 1999 to 2011, funding by the Government of Canada) and the World Bank supported WARDS Project (2014 to 2017), CCISD’s contribution will expand to take on the “One Health”approach promoted by REDISSE. This strategy, now essential, guides the public health management, including the epidemiological surveillance, by recognizing the interdependence of the human health and animal health and their close bound to «the health of the ecosystems in which they exist» (World Organization for Animal Health –OIE, 2018). In practical terms, CCISD will contribute to the establishment of close to fifty functional CE’s through the training and supervision of disease surveillance/ health information officers working at the peripheral level of the health system (district or equivalent).

The REDISSE Programme aims to strengthen national and regional cross-sectoral capacities for a collaborative disease surveillance and response in West Africa, with a focus on improved risk management, particularly through the implementation of a “One Health” approach. Officially launched in 2016 and planned for a total of seven years, REDISSE is designed as a series of interdependent projects in three phases. It is funded by the World Bank with a total budget exceeding US $ 300 million, including a CA $ 20 million contribution from the Government of Canada through a Multi-Donor Trust fund. CCISD’s first REDISSE mandate will be completed in one year, with a US $ 2.6 million budget.