Surveillance protocol for CBPP The Namibian Epidemiology and Animal Health Information System Detailed findings during visit: Division of Epidemiology, Import/Export, Traceability and Training: This section is headed by Dr. Cleopas Bamhare, and contains a small cadre of well trained professionals. Among other key functions, Dr. Bamhare and his staff are responsible for the animal disease notifications to the OIE. These notifications are submitted regularly and in accordance with the new WAHIS system. Data collection and management section: Data are collected and various data bases are being managed by this section. Since 1986 animal health data has been collected and stored using software produced internally by Dr. Harry Biggs. Since 2007 all data are transferred to TAD‐Info, which means that for the time being they are entering the data in both systems. Data is collected in the field by field veterinarians, animal health inspectors and abattoirs using two different forms, the Herd Health Form and the Disease Report Form. At the end of each month the data is validated, collated with the data coming from the diagnostic laboratory for the creation of a monthly report. The disease listing is then entered into various forms in order to be submitted to OIE, SADC, and IBAR. There is also a quarterly report containing the data from all State Veterinary offices. The laboratory data is entered electronically into specific Interlab forms at the Central Laboratory and then transferred manually into the VS data base. This office also compiles stock census, which has been collected since 1986 and in 2007 was changed to the farmer’s questionnaire. In their efforts to incorporate new technology in data collection, the epidemiology section started to use digital pens to enter data directly at the farm in electronic form into the central TAD‐Info data base.
Passive surveillance: Passive surveillance is based primarily on follow‐up investigations by state veterinarians as a result of farmer reports of disease problems in their herds and farmer’s questionnaire reports. See also “Detailed findings during visit” of next point (Active Epidemiological Surveillance).
Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Verify and consider changes to the manual data transcription from one database to another to minimise errors and improve data interpretation. Medium / Long Term : Strengthen surveillance through the application of NamLITS north of the VCF