Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Edited by: Prof Marcel Tanner, Prof. Xiao-Nong Zhou
Establishment of surveillance and response system is the final step of disease control in a national elimination programme, it has been applied for infectious disease, especially in neglected tropical diseases, in increasing numbers of developing countries, based on the innovative and effective One world-One health perspective. Six different research priorities are recommended, including (i)Dynamic mapping of transmission; (ii) Capture of population dynamics; (iii) Modeling based on a minimal and essential database approach; (iv) Implementation of mobile-health (m-health) and sensitive diagnostics; (v) Design of response packages tailored to different transmission settings and levels; and (vi) Validation of approaches and responses, as a result of The First Forum on Surveillance Response System Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination, held in Shanghai in June 2012.
Therefore, the purpose of the collection is to focus on the research progress for the basic components as well as innovative approaches of the surveillance-response system, and trig more researcher or decision makers to improve the surveillance-response system in the recourses limited settings or in the transition stage from control to elimination of specific diseases in the poor countries, which carry the heaviest disease burdens, face various challenges how to strengthen the health system as well as developing effective and novel tools for surveillance and response tailored to local settings.