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Identifying surveillance strategies to detect and control outbreaks in conflict settings

In this article, you are invited to apply what you've learned in this course and your own experience to analyze surveillance strategies (Step 2.9)
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Before watching the next video, consider the questions below. Draw on your own experience, as well as the lectures and readings you’ve completed so far, particularly War and Infectious Diseases: Challenges of the Syrian Civil War and Response to a Large Polio Outbreak in a Setting of Conflict—Middle East, 2013-2015.

  • Why are conflict settings especially challenging for maintaining and setting up surveillance systems?
  • What strategies have been utilized to detect and control outbreaks in such settings, both successfully and unsuccessfully?

Please take a moment to share your thoughts in the discussion.

Then, read through the posts from other learners. Find one strategy to detect and control outbreaks that you can apply to your own context. Respond the post explaining how that strategy might work in your own setting.

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