AVADAR is a mobile sms-based software application designed to improve the quality and sensitivity of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance by health workers and key informants within hospital facilities and local communities.
The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.
The AFP video component was developed by World Health Organization (WHO) and eHA, and the software design component was handled by Novel-T. To date, eHA has translated the app into 17 languages.
Informant Selection & Capacity Building
The selection of informants (including health workers) was led by the WHO and each country’s Ministry of Health team. Once selected, screening and training was jointly conducted by WHO, the Ministries of Health, and eHealth Africa team.
In several countries, “special informants” with limited literacy participate in the project via a simplified version of the app that only requires a “yes” or “no” response to having seen a child with AFP symptoms
Soapbox Collaborative has launched a new training package called TEACH CLEAN, which is a package for those that clean health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries.
The TEACH CLEAN package presents information and materials required to deliver comprehensive, participatory training on safe environmental cleaning, applying aspects of essential IPC for these tasks. The package is tailored towards use with low-literate cleaning staff but can be applied to wider facility staff.
To request a copy of the TEACH CLEAN Package, or supporting materials, please complete the online form.
The Epidemiological Alerts are released in order to provide information about the occurrence of international public health events which have implications or could have implications for the countries and territories of the Americas; as well as recommendations issued by the Pan American Health Organization.
The Epidemiological Updates are released as new information becomes available regarding events previously shared through Epidemiological Alerts.
Launched in 2016, the European Health Information Gateway (Gateway) is a powerful tool and easy way to access health data, information and resources for all 53 Member States in the European Region. The Gateway was conceptualized as a platform to facilitate access to integrated health information, under the umbrella of the European Health Information Initiative (EHII). It has been conceptualised as a bilingual, interactive one-stop health information shop for policy-makers, the general public and WHO staff alike.
Also available in Russian: https://gateway.euro.who.int/ru/themes/emergency-preparedness-and-response/
The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) Portal of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations includes Daily Maps, Base maps, Satellite Maps and Situation Maps.
Weekly bulletins on outbreaks and other emergencies in the WHO Africa Region.
Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response: The "United Nations Platform for Disaster Management and Emergency Response" was established by the United Nations General Assembly through its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006. In its resolution, the General Assembly agreed to give the acronym UN-SPIDER to this programme. UN-SPIDER is implemented through the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA).
The latest disease outbreaks around the world notified to the World Health Organization.
GDACS is a cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide to improve alerts, information exchange and coordination in the first phase after major sudden-onset disasters.