Makerere University personnel are familiar with the WHO-AFRO Integrated disease surveillance and response, a strategy that was adopted and has been operating in Uganda since the year 2000. The aim of the strategy is to ensure disease surveillance data is readily available for adequate epidemic preparedness, investigation and response. The EO2HEAVEN project therefore provides a platform for improving the capacity of the existing epidemics early warning system to predict and pre-empt cholera outbreaks. The EO2HEAVEN project personnel have experience and skills for coordination of health systems projects that have been implemented in various parts of the country and neighbouring regions through the existing national health policy framework programs.
The Kasese district site in Uganda offers a unique opportunity for investigation of the interplay of cholera transmission dynamics, given the endemic occurrence of cholera in this locality. Makerere University will liaise with the Ministry of Health, the Department of meteorology in the Ministry of Water and Environment, Kasese District Local Government, and other government departments and stakeholders to obtain the relevant cholera case data, and environmental data. Makerere will also coordinate the sensitization of health researchers, decision makers and regional public health partners on the utility of environmental, climatic data and remote sensing applications in predicting disease outbreaks. The requirements of stakeholders in Uganda will be solicited and assessed. Makerere University is working closely with CSIR and KIT on the cholera case study.