Regional and international health intelligence


Why is this a priority?


 

Nowadays, health risks are globalised due to population growth and the rapid pace of movement of people and goods between territories. Infectious diseases can spread rapidly from one side
of the world to another, as they can from one island to another in the Indian Ocean.
A tight system of epidemiological surveillance for the early identification of potential threats, to disseminate information quickly and thus avoid a wide-scale epidemiological outbreak, must be put in place. The sooner information is shared, the quicker reaction time will be, allowing a more efficient response.

 

 


What is its added value?


  • A regional platform promoting a permanent health information sharing.
  • A responsive system that allows epidemic situations in the region to be identified and closely monitored, so that information campaigns and preventative measures can be quickly put in place in all IOC Member States.

 


Key facts and figures


Daily regional and international media monitoring on human and animal health

If events of regional or international importance are received, mail alerts are automatically sent out to network members

Web conferences on human health (weekly) and on animal health (monthly), with specific meetings based on current events

Dissemination of a weekly Bulletin (Bulletin de Veille Océan Indien) to more than 150 health professionals, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other project partners

Indian Ocean Health Surveillance Forums, organised every year since 2012, to discuss public health issues, exchange experiences and evaluate regional responses

The 1st international forum on public health surveillance and response in island territories and countries (the Pacific, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean) was organised in Reunion in June 2013

 


And in the future ?


Environmental changes related to human activities, particularly climate change, will encourage the emergence
of new diseases and accelerate their propagation. The SEGA One Health Network must incorporate these new risks in its health surveillance system to be able to better protect the region’s populations

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