By Hawa Kombian
“Growth and Learning” is a core value here at eHealth Africa (eHA), which is why our Co-founders/Executive Directors, Adam Thompson and Evelyn Castle, were at Emory University delivering a lecture to emerging public health students.
Given that Disease Surveillance Systems is an eHA focus area, Emory students enrolled in the “Transforming Public Health Surveillance” course participated in a discussion on “Real world challenges and opportunities for public health surveillance”
Evelyn and Adam delved into the past, present, and future of “Disease Surveillance and Informatics”, covering:
- Traditional public health surveillance which served as a snapshot and analysis of past events.
- Current public health surveillance tools and platforms, like eHA’s 117 Call Center, electronic integrated disease surveillance and response, and AVADAR. These methods are able to streamline the collection, centralization and analysis of real-time data for effective decision-making.
- The next frontier for surveillance is grounded in mastering predictive modeling based off of data and knowledge from the past and real-time, modern-day technologies that can enable effective prevention measures.
Thanks to the students and staff at Emory University.