Integrated disease surveillance training in Tajikistan

WHO/Stephen Chako

Early detection of cases and implementation of outbreak control measures are integral to WHO/Europe´s strategies to eliminate measles and rubella from the Region by 2015 and to retain the Region´s polio-free status. In line with these strategies, Tajikistan is working with WHO to strengthen the country´s surveillance for measles, rubella, acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Training in integrated disease surveillance was organized by the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan in November and December 2013 and is expected to lead to improved surveillance indicators in Tajikistan in the coming months.

The trainings were conducted in two stages:

  • training of trainers in Dushanbe for 4 epidemiologists from the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis;
  • 2-day seminars for subnational experts.

The seminars were attended by 262 Extended Programme of Immunization managers, surveillance officers, vaccine managers and primary health care managers from the regions of Dushanbe, Sogd, Kulyab, Kurgan-tube, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast and from the 13 districts under the Region of Republican Subordination.

Seminar participants engaged in intensive practice sessions, discussions and group work, followed by presentations and joint practical exercises.