Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) aims at integrating surveillance
functions at all levels. Ghana as a country decided on 23 communicable diseases and
conditions to be targeted as priority diseases for surveillance using the integrated approach. A
qualitative research was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the integrated approach to
disease surveillance and response strategy in East Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region.
A total of twenty (20) key respondents were purposively selected from the various
administrative levels of the health system. An in-depth interview and review of records were
the main methods employed for data collection.
The strategy of integrating disease surveillance activities was perceived differently
depending on the administrative level of operation. Other important aspects of what
integration meant were left out from the responses given; thus ‗collecting information from a
single focal point‘, ‗linking data to analysis and response mechanism‘, and ‗responding with
the most effective public health intervention‘. Laboratory involvement in disease surveillance
was acknowledged as very important and their roles very effective in facilitating IDSR. From
the comments received, the IDSR system is not simple. The flexibility could be described as
low as it depended on too many factors from respondents‘ view point which are not readily
available or feasible. Acceptability is quite high with regards to participation by other
stakeholders, especially the WHO, QHP, UNICEF and most importantly by the community
(CBSVs). The private sector participation has not been fully explored. Most respondents
further indicated in outright terms that they were not pleased with the current surveillance
system and reasons were largely attributed to lack of funds to carry out surveillance
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