David Heymann is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London, and Chairman of Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director General for Health Security and Environment, and Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication. Before joining WHO he worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa.
Introduction The 2014/15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrated that there is a need to make disease surveillance more effective. This reading pack sets out key features of effective surveillance systems, challenges to building these systems in low resource settings, and some suggested approaches. It places surveillance in the wider context of health systems strengthening,… Read more