Setting up an early warning system for epidemic-prone diseases in the Darfur humanitarian crisis

July 2004
Weekly Epidemiological Record;7/2/2004, Vol. 79 Issue 27, p2
The Greater Darfur region, Sudan with more than 1,000,000 internally displaced persons, is facing a major humanitarian crisis. In April-May 2004, WHO collaborated with the local authorities, United Nations humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations to develop an early warning surveillance system (EWARS) for early detection of outbreaks. In a complex emergency with many national and international partners, building a system that is supported and adopted by all actors and stakeholders is a challenge. A working group including all national and international health partners was therefore organized to develop the EWARS protocol.


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