What is it about?
Accurate reporting of malaria cases is very important for decision makers. Problem arises when we have more than one surveillance or reporting systems. In particular if persons entering data in these parallel systems and reporting channels are different, variances may occur. We have compared two parallel reporting system for malaria from same districts of Pakistan from 2013 to 2017.
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Why is it important?
Our findings show that there are major differences in the reported number of malaria cases annually from the two different reporting systems. Almost double number of cases are reported in the malaria information system as compared to the DHIS. The domestic funding is based on diseases prioritization based on DHIS data so lesser number of reported cases can result in less priority and decreased domestic resource allocation for malaria.
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This page is a summary of: Two parallel reporting systems for malaria surveillance in Pakistan, 2013–17: is exact burden reflected?, F1000Research, December 2018, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.17202.1.
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