A national sentinel surveillance network for the measurement of ill-health in South Africa : a prerequisite for epidemiological research and health planning.
Data on births, on deaths by cause and on morbidity are essential in planning appropriate health interventions, but the scarcity of these data in South Africa is striking.
Some of the limitations of national mortality and morbidity data collection systems are reviewed.
In order to improve the usefulness of vital statistical information, it is proposed that active disease monitoring be introduced in a number of surveillance sites where the population has been properly enumerated.
A network of these sites would routinely gather information on births and deaths by cause and on a list of conditions that are:
(i) easy to identify clinically;
(ii) would bring most people to the attention of health personnel;
and (iii) would indicate failure of health service provision, environmental control or resource allocation.
Mots-clés Pascal : Planification, Surveillance sanitaire, Réseau, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Méthodologie, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Planning, Sanitary surveillance, Network, Human, South Africa, Methodology, Africa
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0263273
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 199406.