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Covid-19 Surveillance & Response Toolkit

DHIS2 has released metadata packages to accelerate case detection, situation reporting, active surveillance and response for COVID-19

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    Overview: DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance toolkit

    The DHIS2 toolkit for COVID-19 was inspired by the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka’s pioneering design of DHIS2 tracker for COVID-19 case detection and draws on years of collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop information system standards for case-based disease surveillance. The COVID-19 toolkit includes standard metadata configurations aligned with the WHO’s technical guidance on COVID-19 surveillance and case definitions and implementation guidance to enable rapid deployment in countries.

    Components of the DHIS2 COVID Surveillance tookit

    The toolkit support surveillance workflows and automated analysis for key components of routine and active surveillance:

    COVID-19 Case-based surveillance [tracker]

    Enrolls & tracks suspected cases; captures symptoms, demographics, risk factors & exposures; creates lab requests; links confirmed cases with contacts; and monitors patient outcomes. This package can be installed as a standalone COVID-19 package or can be integrated into a country’s existing integrated disease surveillance & response tracker.

    Contact registration & follow-up program [tracker]

    Strengthens active case detection through contact tracing activities, such as identification and follow-up of contacts of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.

    Ports of Entry screening & follow-up program [tracker]

    Enrolls travelers who have visited high-risk locations at Ports of Entry for 14-day monitoring and follow-up.

    COVID-19 Surveillance Event Program [event]

    A simplified line-list that captures a subset of minimum critical data points to facilitate rapid analysis & response, particularly useful when caseloads or burden of reporting exceeds capacity for case-based surveillance tracker

    COVID-19 Aggregate Surveillance [aggregate]

    An aggregate reporting dataset that captures minimum necessary data points for daily or weekly reporting

    All digital data packages are optimized for Android data collection with the DHIS2 Capture App, which is free to download on the Google Play store.

    Download the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Package

    You can find links to downloadable and installable .json files for each of the COVID-19 packages on our Metadata Package Downloads page.

    Each package is accompanied by a corresponding System Design Document, which provides details about the use case and configuration of the package, and an Installation Guide on preparing, importing, and adapting the package. Please consult these documents before you begin.

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    Additional Resources for Package Implementation

    The following online resources are also available:

    Server Configuration Guide

    The Server Configuration Guide and Server Webinar provide new automated tools for setting up a clean installation of DHIS2. This is our recommended approach when using the DHIS2 COVID-19 Tracker packages.

    Training Material

    The COVID-19 Training Material provides generic training and learning guides that can be customized to your DHIS2 implementation.

    Tracker Implementation Guide

    The Tracker Implementation Guide provides general guidance on planning a DHIS2 Tracker instance. For large-scale systems, supplementary documentation and a webinar provide guidance for performance optimization.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Frequently Asked Questions document provides answers to common questions about the package.


    The COVID-19 Webinar is video demonstration of the package and explanation of its capabilities.

    Discussion Forum

    The COVID-19 Discussion Forum on the DHIS2 Community of Practice is a forum where you can ask questions, get support for your implementation, and review issues that have been raised and resolved by other community members.