About the project

Health Guardians – Community Leaders Guardiões da Saúde Seguro verificado

The Guardians of Health Community Leaders project aims to develop an event-based surveillance (EBS) system with the specific and active involvement of community leaders. Implementing and sustaining community-based EBS in the long-term can be challenging and the purpose of this research is to investigate whether the involvement of community leaders in the design of the data reporting system from the outset can improve viability of community-based EBS and support its integration into local public health surveillance.

In Brazil, the project will take place in the Integrated Development Region of the Federal District and surroundings (RIDE-DF), specifically in the Eastern Health Region of the Federal District and in some municipalities in the state of Goiás that make up RIDE-DF, namely Pirenópolis, Cavalcante and Niquelândia. In Cape Verde, it will take place in the municipalities of Praia and Santa Catarina de Santiago, on Santiago Island.


The structure of this project includes literature reviews on surveillance methods and processes, methods of mapping of local leaders, the adaptation of digital tools based on the views of the community leaders, training workshops, and, after implementation, the monitoring and evaluation of reports made by the community leaders to assess effectiveness and compare with the conventional surveillance system The Guardians of Health event based surveillance application was the resource chosen for fieldwork with participating community leaders and has is being adapted and tested with community leaders for the purpose of the project. In a similar way to the participatory surveillance model that already exists in the application, community leaders will be able to report signal that will be evaluated by the project’s team of epidemiologists, establishing a flow of communication with local surveillance teams to identify possible outbreaks.

Guardians of Health – Community Leaders is coordinated by the Brazilian Association of Field Epidemiology Professionals (ProEpi) , in partnership with the Health Situation Room of the University of Brasília (SDS UnB) , the National Institute of Public Health of Cape Verde and the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST).

The UK-PHRST is an innovative partnership between the UK Health Security Agency and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, funded with UK aid by the UK Department of Health and Social Care. The views expressed in this study are not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care.

The views expressed in this study are not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care

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Launch event: Guardians of Health Project - Community Leaders: surveillance based on community-based events in Brazil and Cape Verde



workshop of use - cape verde