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Malaria epidemic detection surveillance initiative was commenced by a joint venture of President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Tulane University (TU), Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH), and Oromia Regional Health Bureau (ORHB). The surveillance was instated with the aim of providing high quality data on clinical malaria incidence, conduct data quality assurance and contribute for better use of surveillance data in the malaria control and prevention with peculiar emphasis to epidemic detection and containment.
The project was started in January, 2010 and actual data collection has been implemented since April, 2010. Currently 10 health centers and 25 health posts in Oromia region are included in the surveillance program.
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The Ethiopia Epidemic Detection Initiative collects data in ten sentinel districts in Oromia Regional State. The initiative was started in January, 2010 and data collection began in April 2010. The project rapidly expanded to cover ten health centers – one in each sentinel district. Since the start of 2011 an additional 25 health posts in Oromia region have been included and the project continues to expand. Currently, a total of about 366,000 people live in the catchment areas of the health facilities in the system and to date approximately 120,000 outpatient visits have been tracked, of which 33,000 were tested for malaria and 8,800 were found infected with malaria parasites.