Community based surveillance (CBS) is the systematic detection and reporting of events of public health significance within a community by community members.
Together with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, the Norwegian Red Cross is building a tool which allows local volunteers to send an SMS when they see a health risk in their communities.As early warning of health risks leads to early action and lives saved, community based surveillance can stop disease outbreaks from turning into large scale epidemics.
In Senegal, the CBS tool will be implemented in several regions to detect health risks. 24 Red Cross instructors were recently trained in leading and training their volunteers to start reporting on health risks.
The Red Crescent Society in Somaliland (SRCS) has used CBS since May 2018 to early detect and react to possible outbreaks.
Currently, 75 volunteers are active in CBS.
In March 2019 a cyclone hit the coast of Mozambique, destroying most of the city Beira. With the disaster came Cholera, and the Norwegian Red Cross deployed the CBS platform for data collection from Oral Rehydration Points.
Here is an overview of implementations done by Red Cross with the CBS platform, including early stages of the platform.
Hover over the pins to see where and when the platform has been implemented.
"We are now tracking all cases, and we are responding earlier, before we get an outbreak."
"CBS has been really useful here [Mozambique,2019] because its easy to roll out, and it is an easy learning curve for the volunteers."