FAO smartphone app shows potential for improving disease surveillance and reporting in Uganda
FAO launched last August 2013 a pilot project for a mobile application to report disease outbreaks in ten districts in Uganda. Funded by the Government of Ireland under the One Health initiative, this pilot project represents the first time the application is being introduced at national level for disease reporting.
The project began at the beginning of 2013, when a team of FAO animal health experts met Ugandan authorities to identify challenges in disease surveillance and reporting. During the following six months, the two groups collaborated to implement the pilot EMPRES-i Event Mobile Application (EMA).
EMA will facilitate the exchange of information on disease reporting between farmers, the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Center (NADDEC), ten District Veterinary Officers (DVOs) and the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).
Together with the national authorities, FAO established ten target districts, a list of participants and their needs, a work flow and a list of priority diseases.