Direction of Health Monitoring and Disease

(Direction de la Veille Sanitaire et de la Surveillance Epidémiologique)

Tel: +261326744022

Ratsitorahina Maherisoa Jean Chrysostome – Director


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Institute Profile

Within the Ministry of Health, the Direction of Health Monitoring and Disease Surveillance (DVSSE) is responsible for the core public health functions of disease surveillance, epidemiology, and outbreak detection and investigation.  DVSSE started in 2011, but was disbanded in June 2014, then recreated in January 2015. The mission of DVSSE is to ensure the availability of information on epidemiology, disease outbreaks, and other health threats and to make this information available to the entities that need it.  Madagascar also participates in a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) for the Indian Ocean Countries (Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles), with field training based in DVSSE.  Among national public health stakeholders and international donors, DVSSE is increasingly recognized as the focal point for disease surveillance and data for decision-making in Madagascar and the nexus for eventual development as the Madagascar NPHI.The Direction of Health Monitoring and Disease Surveillance oversees Madagascar’s population health status, epidemiological surveillance system, and sanitation initiatives. DVSSE works to monitor and control diseases through its core public health functions:

  • Strengthening health surveillance and epidemiological vigilance
  • Monitoring of food safety
  • Preparing and planning for national and international health crises and emerging risks
  • Creating a national health monitoring service
  • Introducing monitoring by SMS in Souther Madagascar
  • Training epidemiologists through the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)