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We Need Integrated Public Health Surveillance More than Ever

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health sector has been advocating for and has been taking important steps toward more integrated public health surveillance systems. The World Health Organization (WHO) Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy, implemented in the Africa region since 1998, is an illustration of resolute steps towards ensuring that the scope of surveillance is no longer limited to a few diseases within the health sector but is broadened to span across a large array of relevant diseases and fields. 

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Update:  Ebola Outbreak in Uganda Declared as Ended

The declaration from Uganda’s government and the World Health Organization announcing the end of the Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda is a welcome event and demonstrates how swift action can address and contain emerging public health threats.

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