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A new training manual on intervention epidemiology

The 2021 edition of CCISD's Training Manual in Intervention Epidemiology for Health Workers in West African Countries is the basis for an intermediate level training program in intervention epidemiology. While incorporating extensive updates, it is a continuation of CCISD's expertise and experience in West Africa for over 30 years.

CCISD's training programme emphasises better management of health data, through knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics, but also through recognition of the importance of the determinants of health, the different variables that affect the health of populations (sex, age, etc.), and gender (both in data collection and analysis). Better managed data increases the chances of timely detection and adequate response to epidemics, even more so when the capacity of laboratory managers is strengthened at the same time, as is the case in the CSE (Centre for Epidemiological Surveillance) approach implemented in synergy with Fondation Mérieux.

The manual will be used in the framework of our current Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) mandate in Benin, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria, which aims to contribute to the strengthening of disease surveillance systems, particularly for diseases with epidemic potential such as meningitis, cholera, Lassa fever, polio, measles and human rabies, among others. The project also aims to support countries in building capacity for prevention, detection and response in line with their commitments under the International Health Regulations (IHR), in a manner consistent with Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and taking into account the One Health approach.

Learn more on CCISD’s mandate in REDISSE (2017).