Form, data collection, analysis and action: health monitoring and early detection mechanism of health threats

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

The first step for a health monitoring and early detection mechanism of health threats was implemented by WHO Bangladesh in the settlements of Rohingyan migrants. The unique and simple reporting form for all health workers in the field is an essential tool in gathering the data that can show the health situation, including any early sign of a disease outbreak.

Through the form, data is collected on number and specificity of cases reported to health facilities, cases or symptoms that may be associated with communicable or water borne diseases, that when centralized offer a clear analysis of the current health situation and the trends. “We will use the information derived to help the civil surgeon and health partners to better plan and respond to the humanitarian needs and to any outbreak prone diseases” said Dr Hammam El Sakka, WHO Team Leader for Health emergencies and a seasoned senior epidemiologist, who has responded to similar large scale humanitarian emergencies in over 20 countries all over the world. Dr Hammam is one of the many WHO deployed senior and experienced public health professionals in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, to respond to the ongoing vulnerable groups crisis.