Joint Monitoring Mission reviews the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP)
The Joint Monitoring Mission (JMM) of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) was conducted both at the national and sub-national levels from 26 November to 8 December 2015 in nine states viz. Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Delhi. It was organised through joint efforts of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and the World Health Organization (WHO) involving around 60 technical experts, both national and International.
The main objectives of the mission were to review the overall ongoing progress of IDSP in the core areas of surveillance, laboratory network, information systems, infrastructure, governance, finance and human resources and to determine whether any changes are required in the current model; determine the country needs in regards to strengthening the indicators and event-based surveillance systems; identify gaps and opportunities in performing the core and support functions of surveillance, and assessing the resources available, and finally, develop a prioritized action plan based on the assessment findings.
Thematic papers were also developed by technical experts to support the field visits. Surveillance units at state & district level, public health facilities in rural & urban area, public health laboratories and private sector facilities from 2 districts of each state are visited to assess various aspects of IDSP through structured assessment tools.
The recommendations of the JMM are awaited.