Mobile phone-based infectious disease surveillance system, Sri Lanka

Colin Robertson, Kate Sawford, Samson L A Daniel, Trisalyn Nelson, Craig Stephen

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Abstract

Because many infectious diseases are emerging in animals in low-income and middle-income countries, surveillance of animal health in these areas may be needed for forecasting disease risks to humans. We present an overview of a mobile phone-based frontline surveillance system developed and implemented in Sri Lanka. Field veterinarians reported animal health information by using mobile phones. Submissions increased steadily over 9 months, with ≈4,000 interactions between field veterinarians and reports on the animal population received by the system. Development of human resources and increased communication between local stakeholders (groups and persons whose actions are affected by emerging infectious diseases and animal health) were instrumental for successful implementation. The primary lesson learned was that mobile phone-based surveillance of animal populations is acceptable and feasible in lower-resource settings. However, any system implementation plan must consider the time needed to garner support for novel surveillance methods among users and stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1524-1531
Number of pages8
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume16
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Mobile phone-based infectious disease surveillance system, Sri Lanka. / Robertson, Colin; Sawford, Kate; Daniel, Samson L A; Nelson, Trisalyn; Stephen, Craig.

In: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 16, No. 10, 10.2010, p. 1524-1531.

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Robertson, Colin ; Sawford, Kate ; Daniel, Samson L A ; Nelson, Trisalyn ; Stephen, Craig. / Mobile phone-based infectious disease surveillance system, Sri Lanka. In: Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 10. pp. 1524-1531.
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