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Table 4 Some of the resources and materials deployed to support IDSR/IHR strengthening in Uganda, 2013–2016

From: The design and implementation of the re-vitalised integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) in Uganda, 2013–2016

Resource category Type of resource Comments
National curricula, guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) and job aids − National Technical Guidelines for IDSR, 2nd Edition The revised guidelines were printed and disseminated to participants (Health facility, DHT and DRRT)
− National curriculum on IDSR/IHR National curriculum developed, used for IDSR training
− Case definitions and epidemic thresholds for IDSR- a working guide for health workers Working guide updated, printed and provided to participants (Health facility, DHT and DRRT)
− Guidelines and SOPS for responding to Ebola/Marburg virus outbreaks in Uganda SOPS and guidelines adapted by a multi-sectoral National Task Force (NTF) team. Printed copies availed at national level
− Curriculum on VHF case management and infection prevention and control (IPC) National curriculum adapted and used during VHF case management training
− Updated vaccine-preventable diseases case investigation forms (Polio/AFP, NNT, Measles, AEFIs)a Updated case investigation forms disseminated during IDSR training
− VHT handbook on community-based disease surveillance. The training manual was developed
− Curriculum on VHF case management and IPC National curriculum adapted
Contingency medical and laboratory supplies − Kits and Shipment boxes for laboratory specimens 300 laboratory kits supplied
− 5 tents each with a 20-bed capacity designed to serve as mobile isolation facilities Tents were procured and prepositioned
− Personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies 500 sets of PPEs and assorted medical supplies procured and prepositioned at regional and district hospitals
Other logistical support to strengthen surveillance and IDSR/IHR − A walk through thermoscanner A walk-through scanner was procured and installed at the international airport to support screening of incoming travellers.
− Motorcycles and Vehicles Motorcycles and vehicles procured and given to high-risk districts to support surveillance activities
MTRACK and Electronic HMIS reporting via DHIS2 System − A short message mobile telephone based reporting platform for weekly HMIS reporting
− Electronic HMIS introduced via the DHIS2 system (open source web-based) introduced
m-trac systems introduced and integrated with the DHIS2 for e-HMIS reporting
  1. aAFP Acute Flaccid Paralysis, NNT Neonatal Tetanus, AEFIS Adverse events following immunisation, HMIS Health Management and Information System, DHIS 2 District Health Information Software, DHT District Health Team, DRRT District Rapid Response Team