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Development of health surveillance in Togo, west Africa.

Toole MJ, Karsa T, Fitzgibbon B, Bussell K

  • Journal MMWR. CDC surveillance summaries : Morbidity and mortality weekly report. CDC surveillance summaries

  • Published 22 Oct 1992

  • Volume 41

  • ISSUE 4

  • Pagination 19-26


Since 1988, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Togo, with technical assistance from CDC, has systematically adapted and strengthened its health information system (HIS) to enable improved monitoring of trends in diseases. The previous system had been hampered by complicated, lengthy reporting forms; incomplete and delayed receipt of reporting forms; absence of mortality reporting; slow, cumbersome manual compilation and analysis methods; and lack of standard case definitions. To simplify the adaptation process, the system was divided into three main activities: data collection, data compilation and analysis, and dissemination of reports and follow-up action. Public health authorities in Togo have built on existing strengths and successfully adapted the HIS to focus on national morbidity and mortality prevention priorities.