El Salvador Pilots an Inter-disciplinary Workshop on Community-based Surveillance and Data Collection

Published: 25 May 2017 18:48 CET

San Salvador, El Salvador. On May 11-14, 2017, the Salvadorian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with technical support from the Reference Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD) delivered a 4-day practical workshop title Community-based Surveillance and Monitoring in Zika with Open Data Kit. The activity took place in partnership with Save the Children, with accompaniment from the local Ministry of Health, and thanks to the generous support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


This pilot workshop reflects the inter-disciplinary approach of the Community Action on Zika (CAZ) project implemented by the IFRC and its partners. It combines methodologies that teach participants to promote community-based surveillance and monitoring together with new technologies to ensure proper data collection and analysis of the surveyed information.


IFRC, CREPD and the Ministry of Health of El Salvador delivered the training to 12 participants from the Salvadorian Red Cross, including volunteers and staff. Over the next few months, they will take the training on the ground in the CAZ project communities to replicate the knowledge and skills they learnt with community members.


The pilot was the first in the series of workshops within the framework of the CAZ project. Each country participating the initiative will implement a similar training in the coming months, programmed for June and July in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua.  


These activities are possible thanks to the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development, and was carried out in partnership with Save the Children.



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Salvadorian Red Cross

Roberto Díaz Crespín, CAZ Project Coordinator, Salvadorian Red Cross roberto.crespin@cruzrojasal.org.sv



Jose Edgardo Barahona, CREPD Coordinator - joseedgardo.barahona@ifrc.org  



Sergio Ferrero Febrel, Operation Manager – Zika Response in the Americas, IFRC – sergio.ferrero@ifrc.org