ECDC has published New ECDC tools: Strengthening preparedness and surveillance in migrant reception centres. Click or tap through for many links, including the handbook. Excerpt:
As in other institutional settings, migrant reception/detention centres face specific challenges in preventing and controlling communicable disease transmission. In order to support EU/EEA Member States in improving preparedness and syndromic surveillance at migrant hosting sites, ECDC is launching two handbooks and related assessment tools.
An ECDC ‘Preparedness checklist tool’ is being launched to support EU/EEA public health authorities in the assessment of the capacity for communicable disease prevention and control at migrant reception/detention centres hosting migrants for the medium-term, both in routine situations and in the context of sudden increased influxes of migrants. The tool helps to identify gaps and set priorities for development. It is accompanied by a handbook that provides guidance on how to use it and describes the scientific basis for the tool.
This tool is a prototype in Microsoft Excel. It comes with pre-designed indicators and embedded automated analysis functions. Both the tool and the related handbook have been designed to be easily adaptable to the requirements of Member States.
A handbook on implementing syndromic surveillance and a related thresholds calculation tool is also being launched. Syndromic surveillance allows for prompt detection (prior to laboratory confirmation) of a case of disease or an outbreak in order to take appropriate public health action.