Journal article

Challenges to implementation and strengthening of initial COVID-19 surveillance in Vanuatu: January-April 2020

Wendy Williams, Caroline van Gemert, Joanne Mariasua, Edna Iavro, Debbie Fred, Johnny Nausien, Obed Manwo, Vincent Atua, George Junior Pakoa, Annie Taissets, Tessa B Knox, Michael Buttsworth, Geoff Clark, Matthew Cornish, Posikai Samuel Tapo, Len Tarivonda, Philippe Guyant

WESTERN PACIFIC SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE | WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, REGIONAL OFFICE WESTERN PACIFIC | Published : 2021

Abstract

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases, including epidemics and pandemics; chronic food and water insecurity; and natural hazards, including cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and flooding. In March 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a global pandemic. By the end of April 2020, Vanuatu had reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Data from several sources are collected in Vanuatu's COVID-19 surveillance system to provide an overview of the situation, including data from case investigations and management, syndromic surveillance for influenza-like illness, hospital ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Vanuatu Ministry of Health has received funding to support its response to COVID-19 from several partners, including the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Population Fund, the United States Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization.