With the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, WHO is helping the government leverage the existing Acute Flaccid Paralysis Automatic Detection and Reporting System (AVADAR) to strengthen community-based disease surveillance. In 731 departments across eleven (11) states at high risk of COVID-19, WHO is supporting the engagement of more than 670 AVADAR informants to conduct internal surveillance for COVID-19 and report suspected cases of COVID-19, raise awareness and support contact tracing in communities. So far, informants have delivered COVID 19 prevention messages to more than 85,000 households in Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Bauchi, Taraba, Borno and Yobe states. “Community members trust us because we are an integral part of the communities in which we work,” says Mustapha, an AVADAR informant based in Kano state. “We speak the same language and have been known to our communities since the days of AFP polio surveillance. Thus, involving […]
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Community informants use mobile data collection tools to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance - NNN.
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