To strengthen the implementation of Early Detection and Response System (Sistem Kewaspadaan Dini dan Respon - SKDR) at the district level in South Sulawesi, ALERTAsia supported by CDC-Indonesia has organized a Training Program on Early Detection and Response in Makassar from 3 December 2018 to 15 January 2019. This training organized to improve the capacity of the new Rapid Response Team (RRT) members and surveillance officers at the districts’ health offices in South Sulawesi. Specifically, the objectives of this training program are:
1.  To strengthen the capacity of Districts' surveillance officers in implementing SKDR;
2.  To strengthen the capacity of RRTs in responding public-health emergency cases;
3.  To improve cooperation between RRTs at the district level. 

This training divided into 3 seminars:
-    Seminar I conducted on 3 – 8 December 2018;
-    Seminar II conducted on 17 – 21 December 2018;
-    Seminar III conducted on 14 – 15 January 2019.
 
The training addressed two main topics:
  1. Building learning commitment, national strategies & policy, and basic epidemiological surveillance, which divided into 3 sub-topics: (i) Surveillance in potential outbreak and foodborne diseases; (ii) collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; (iii) early detection and preventive response in infectious and foodborne diseases outbreak;
  2. How to conduct fieldwork and anti-corruption practices, which divided into 3 subtopics: (i) epidemiological investigation on potential outbreak and foodborne diseases; (ii) communication and risk management; (iii) how to prevent and control infections with potential outbreak.
 
 

At the beginning of the training, the participants are obliged to take a pre-test to identify their knowledge on basic epidemiology surveillance, early detection and rapid response. The session then followed by series of seminar, Q&A, group discussion, case analysis, simulation, including exercises using data management application system, and evaluation test at the end of the session.
 
The training attended by 30 Health Offices staff from 10 District Health Offices in South Sulawesi i.e. Kab. Soppeng, Kab. Jeneponto, Kota Pare-pare, Kab. Selayar, Kab. Maros, Kab. Sinjai, Kab. Pinrang, Kab. Bulukumba, Kab. Enrekang and the South Sulawesi Provincial Health Office. The participants consist of members of Rapid Response Team, medical doctors, and laboratory staff
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