Learning Brief: What does it take to establish effective disease surveillance systems? Lessons learned from the nationwide deployment of a DHIS2-based disease surveillance system in Laos


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This brief presents achievements to date and six lessons learned from the nationwide deployment of a DHIS2-based integrated notifiable disease surveillance module within the national health management information system (HMIS) in Laos. These surveillance systems are required to ensure that outbreaks are rapidly identified in order to conduct appropriate outbreak investigation and response. When fully incorporated into the routine health information system, they provide a solid basis for Ministries of Health and Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs) to swiftly act on surveillance data. We learned many valuable lessons during this transition process, all of which should be applicable to similar health information system strengthening activities in other settings.


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