Surveillance and detection through digital solutions
A strong surveillance system will enable to: i) rapidly detect and report new cases in areas where the virus is not circulating and monitor cases where the virus has already started circulating; ii) monitor trends in disease: intensity, geographic spread and severity of COVID-19 in the population at global, national and local levels in order to estimate the burden of disease, assess the direction of recent time trends, and inform appropriate mitigation measures; and iii) monitor epidemic’s impact on health care system and impact on any mitigation measures. Strong surveillance systems require clear case definitions and strong reporting networks while various surveillance methods can be used depending on their intended specific objectives.
Tdh has deployed a digital health solution, IeDA (Integrated eDiagnostic Approach) on a tablet which supports the medical staff in the diagnosis of children under five. It is used in more than 60 per cent of all health centres in Burkina Faso. New digital modules are added to identify suspected Covid-19 cases, also beyond children. For example, a digital triage app as well as additional questions to consultation to assess the potential presence of COVID-19 in the child’s households and at the same time suggest course of actions (e.g. if symptoms get worse to seek immediate care, wash hands, etc.).
As IeDA is deployed in 1200 centres, Tdh can monitor both the medical situation of millions of people as well as the proper functioning of healthcare facilities to intervene promptly. We plan to introduce analytical tools that use artificial intelligence to track the spread of new Covid-19 outbreaks in real time.
|Solution stage||Proof of concept developed|
|Organisations involved||Terre des Hommes, BMG Foundation, Ministry of Health Burikna Faso|