Disease surveillance system strengthening is one of five priority areas that underpin the transition of the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) toward investments that strengthen health and community systems and pandemic preparedness.
An effective disease surveillance system is essential to quickly detect disease outbreaks, track and evaluate the impact of interventions and monitor the epidemiology of health problems. Disease surveillance systems also play a critical role in planning, evaluating and setting priorities for public health policies and strategies.
Countries can invest grant funds to continue integrating surveillance for COVID-19 (and other respiratory viruses) into routine systems. Grant funds can also be used to support activities that aim to expand, integrate or strengthen data systems, response functions, laboratory system elements, health management information systems and surveillance-related human resources for health.
For detailed information on the surveillance capabilities and recommended activities eligible for C19RM investment, please refer to the C19RM Technical Information Note [ download in English | Español | Français ] .