At CRGA, SPC’s Public Health Division highlighted the innovative and successful experience of the team who conducted enhanced health surveillance and response in Yap during the 9th Micronesian Games in July 2018.
Each mass gathering surveillance experience is unique. In Yap, the collaboration between Yap State Department of Health and partners of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federated States of Micronesia’s National Health Office and SPC’s Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Programme) worked well, with clinicians, epidemiologists, laboratory and risk communication specialists acting as one team together with Yap health professionals to strengthen existing systems.
Preparatory work included surveillance system and disease risk assessments, developing plan of actions, revising surveillance recording and reporting tools, developing a laboratory-testing algorithm, producing risk communication materials, and providing training for clinicians, surveillance officers and other auxiliary service providers.
Injury, event-based and environmental health surveillance was set up to complement syndrome and laboratory surveillance. Daily collection and analysis of data were conducted with daily situation reports produced and shared widely to national and Pacific stakeholders. The daily reports allowed informed decision-making and immediate implementation of control and mitigation measures.
For more information, consult SPC 2018 Results Report (pages 87 and 88).