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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Jul;93(1):145-52. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0257. Epub 2015 May 26.

Information systems to support surveillance for malaria elimination.

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1
Malaria Elimination Initiative, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco, California; Public Health Computational and Operational Research (PHICOR), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland colin.ohrt@ucsf.edu colin8994@gmail.com.
2
Malaria Elimination Initiative, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco, California; Public Health Computational and Operational Research (PHICOR), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract

Robust and responsive surveillance systems are critical for malaria elimination. The ideal information system that supports malaria elimination includes: rapid and complete case reporting, incorporation of related data, such as census or health survey information, central data storage and management, automated and expert data analysis, and customized outputs and feedback that lead to timely and targeted responses. Spatial information enhances such a system, ensuring cases are tracked and mapped over time. Data sharing and coordination across borders are vital and new technologies can improve data speed, accuracy, and quality. Parts of this ideal information system exist and are in use, but have yet to be linked together coherently. Malaria elimination programs should support the implementation and refinement of information systems to support surveillance and response and ensure political and financial commitment to maintain the systems and the human resources needed to run them. National malaria programs should strive to improve the access and utility of these information systems and establish cross-border data sharing mechanisms through the use of standard indicators for malaria surveillance. Ultimately, investment in the information technologies that support a timely and targeted surveillance and response system is essential for malaria elimination.

PMID:
26013378
PMCID:
PMC4497887
DOI:
10.4269/ajtmh.14-0257
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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