In view of the country’s difficult context, Somalia is doing very well in terms of VL surveillance. Since 2013, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the WHO and SOS Somalia, have trained health workers from three health facilities in VL diagnosis, case management, and data collection.
Individual data was collected for each VL case in an Excel spreadsheet and shared with the central level of the Ministry of Health. Basic descriptive analysis of the data was performed. However, the following limitations affected the quality of the data:
No central database to store, clean and compile the data.
No standardization of the locations where cases were detected.
No skills at the Ministry of Health to map the cases at village level.