The 4S network is part of the strengthening of the influenza sentinel surveillance activities carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar (IPD) in partnership with the Ministry of Health since 2012. This tool, complementary to traditional surveillance, helps `` identify unusual health events earlier and provide a quicker response. Supported by funding from the US Department of Health (DHHS), the system is based on the principle of syndromic surveillance targeting, in addition to influenza-like illnesses, other syndromes linked to febrile pathologies of public health interest in Senegal. . (Malaria, arbovirus and diarrhea). The case definitions used are those of the WHO and are based on clinical criteria. The data is transmitted at least once a day by the general practitioners of the sentinel centers in the form of coded SMS. They are validated and analyzed daily within the epidemiology unit of the IPD via an early warning platform. These data are sent to the Ministry of Health in the form of a weekly newsletter.
Coordinator of the syndromic sentinel surveillance network in Senegal (4S network) since January 2015, Dr Barry is a doctor of medicine, specialist in infectious diseases with a master's degree in international health and a university degree in epidemiology. Its lines of research revolve around the clinical epidemiology of infectious diseases (surveillance of respiratory viruses, malaria, arboviruses, diarrhea), the methodology of biomedical research and epidemiological investigations.