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   Andhra Pradesh AESSIMS
Created Date: 10/8/2008 6:04:40 PM
Country: Iceland
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Status: In use
License: Proprietary
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: Government Officials, Health Professionals and the General Public
Developer Name: Voxiva Company
Product Url: http://www.voxiva.com/aessims.asp
System Requirements: NA
Description: Throughout Asia, up to 50,000 people a year become infected with Japanese Encephalitis, a mosquito-spread disease that primarily affects children under fifteen. The disease is fatal for 30 percent of its victims, with half of its survivors suffering long-term neurological disability.

                          Voxiva is collaborating with two organizations to deploy the Acute Euplalitis Syndrome Surveillance Information System (AESSIMS) in Andhra Pradesh, India: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh. PATH is an international NGO based in Seattle, Washington. The Children’s Vaccine Program (CVP) is a PATH program that aims to improve Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease surveillance, accelerate development of an improved vaccine, and to integrate vaccine immunization in Asia.

      In 2004, PATH, Voxiva and the Government of Andhra Pradesh launched AESSIMS. This program is designed to build health capacity at the field level by enabling front-line health workers to report disease incidence through a combination of telephone and web based technology that leverages available infrastructure. AESSIMS enables health officials to better understand the scope of the disease impact and to strategically allocate resources to areas with highest prevalence and need. Analytical tools, such as a GIS-map, provide visual representations of JE prevalence.

      At the district level, real-time information enables officials to readily identify and respond to disease outbreaks .through daily, weekly and monthly reports.. Officials can also use the system’s analytic tools to assess epidemiological trends and coordinate strategic medium and long-term public health interventions. Front-line health workers can rapidly communicate and share real-time information on detected cases. Health professionals can use any phone or Internet-connected device to report suspected and lab-confirmed cases.   



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