An evaluation of the Zambia influenza sentinel surveillance system, 2011-2017

BMC Health Services Research
Paul SimusikaMwaka Monze

Abstract

Over the past decade, influenza surveillance has been established in several African countries including Zambia. However, information on the on data quality and reliability of established influenza surveillance systems in Africa are limited. Such information would enable countries to assess the performance of their surveillance systems, identify shortfalls for improvement and provide evidence of data reliability for policy making and public health interventions. We used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to evaluate the performance of the influenza surveillance system (ISS) in Zambia during 2011-2017 using 9 attributes: (i) data quality and completeness, (ii) timeliness, (iii) representativeness, (iv) flexibility, (v) simplicity, (vi) acceptability, (vii) stability, (viii) utility, and (ix) sustainability. Each attribute was evaluated using pre-defined indicators. For each indicator we obtained the proportion (expressed as percentage) of the outcome of interest over the total. A scale from 1 to 3 was used to provide a score for each attribute as follows: < 60% (as obtained in the calculation above) scored 1 (weak performance); 60-79% scored 2 (moderate performance); ≥80% scored 3 (good performance). An ov...Continue Reading

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May 16, 2020·Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses·Chavely Gwladys MonameleRichard Njouom
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Methods Mentioned

BETA
ISS

Related Concepts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Health Care Systems
Influenza A virus
Remote
Evaluation
Protein Expression
IGLV3-1

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