Integrated Disease Surveillance Project

NCDC / IANPHI Workshop  

India's National Center for Disease Control, with assistance from the World Bank, launched the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) in November 2004. The project was developed to detect and respond to disease outbreaks quickly within India. Surveillance units have now been established in all states and districts.

In order to celebrate IDSP’s successes, identify challenges, and discuss how to overcome the challenges, the IDSP Strategic Workshop was held on August 8-9 in Delhi, India. The workshop was co-sponsored by the NCDC, the U.S. CDC-Delhi, and IANPHI. Presenters for the workshop included representatives of several government agencies, including NCDC; state and district surveillance officers; and speakers from outside the Government of India.

Participants agreed that the IDSP had made major progress over the past several years, both in surveillance and in outbreak detection and response. Many challenges and opportunities were discussed related to IDSP and to population health assessment for conditions not covered by IDSP, such as non-communicable diseases. By the conclusion of the meeting, several possible next steps were identified that could lead to improved public health data and interventions in India.