Syndromic Surveillance

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Welcome to the reporting platform of the CARE project syndromic surveillance system.

The CARE - Common Approach for REfugees and other migrants’ health - (CARE) project, funded by the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020), aims to promote access to appropriate health care for migrants and refugees, through an integrated model for their healthcare provision.

Among other activities, the project aims at developing and pilot testing – among the participating countries (Italy, Greece, Malta, Croatia, Slovenia) and Portugal – a syndromic surveillance system able to ensure rapid detection of disease outbreaks and potential public health emergencies occurring in hotspots or migrants’/refugees’ centers and preventing them from becoming cross border health threats.

The term “syndromic surveillance” applies to surveillance using health-related data that precede diagnosis and signal a sufficient probability of a case or an outbreak as quickly as possible, to warrant further public health response. Syndromic surveillance, therefore, by definition provides information at an earlier stage than laboratory confirmation and, for this reason, has the potential to inform timely actions that might reduce the impact of disease in a community.

This platform allows participating countries piloting the CARE syndromic surveillance system to insert data on reported syndromes and populations within migrant institutions and analyse results using time series analysis. Embedded data and syndrome specific threshold calculations automatically flag statistically significant increases in the syndrome incidence/proportional morbidity.

This platform complements the syndromic surveillance protocol, that is available to participating countries within this website. The protocol describes the key steps the project will take to implement syndromic surveillance and provides guidance towards selecting syndrome definitions and statistical analysis approaches.

This website is part of the project / joint action ‘717317/CARE’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). v.08/03/2017