Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED)

Surveillance, risk assessment and response

There were two major accomplishments under the surveillance, risk assessment and response. These are the establishment of an integrated system for disease surveillance and response, as well as the development of an event-based surveillance system.

Established an integrated system for disease surveillance and response

The Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) was conceptualized in 2007 and implemented in 2008. A PIDSR manual of procedures was developed. The manual provides health implementers with standard guidelines for implementing and monitoring the PIDSR. It is now implemented and functional in all regions, including chartered cities and some provinces.

Local support to PIDSR. WHO PIDSR Pilot Support Project (PPSP) was piloted in Bulacan, Leyte, Samar and Sorsogon provinces and in General Santos City, with Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) support. The project’s objectives are: to assist selected Local Government Units (LGUs) implement the local module of PIDSR, to establish systems for effectively implementing surveillance and response at the local level. LGUs formulated and designed a framework for their Local Disease Surveillance and Response Plan with a two-year operational and financial plan.

Developed an event-based surveillance system

An Event-based Surveillance and Response System was implemented by the National Epideomology Center (NEC) in 2009, and included the National Capital Region, Region IV-A and Region X. WHO support was given in the formulation of Manual of Operations. In 2010, it was rolled-out in Regions I, IVB, VII, XII and CAR. Monitoring and evaluation was done in 2011. This was followed by updating the Manual of Operations for Event-based surveillance and its policy statement, thru a DOH Administrative Order.