Stronger Epidemiological Workforce for Improved Public Health Surveillance and Practice

In 2019, US-CDC through ALERTAsia Foundation supported Indonesia Epidemiology Association (PAEI) to collaborate in the national program of polio outbreak prevention. This project initiated right after polio outbreak was formally announced by the government as a circulating Virus-derived polio vaccine type1 (cVDPV1) has been detected in Yahukimo sometime in February 2019.

After performing two rounds of polio vaccination in March and June 2019, the government saw possibility to perform the additional roundbased on assessment of epidemiology and outbreak risk. Each round of outbreak response would be monitored using Rapid Convenience Assessment (RCAs) and Lot Quality Assurance Survey (LQAS). In this context, ALERTAsia Foundation has supported PAEI to improve the capacity of local human resources in Papua by fulfilling the technical needs of the above-said activities. This performed by assigning 9 consultants as technical assistants in 9 districts in Papua to help achieving targeted coverage of immunization program and surveillance by strengthening program for Early Warning Alert, and Response System (EWARS) in every district in Papua. This would include Kota Jayapura, Kabupaten Jayapura, Kabupaten Keerom, Kabupaten Merauke, Kabupaten Mimika, Kabupaten Biak, Kabupaten Yapen, Kabupaten Nabire, and Kabupaten Supriori.