The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP)

IDSP was launched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with World Bank assistance in November 2004 for a period upto March 2010 to detect and respond to disease outbreaks quickly. The project has been extended for 2 years upto March 2012 by Govt, of India.

Its objective is to strengthen disease surveillance in the country by establishing a decentralized state based surveillance system for epidemic prone diseases to detect the early warning signals, so that timely and effective public health actions can be initiated in response to health challenges in the country at the district, state and national level. Surveillance units have been established in all states/districts (SSU/DSU). Central Surveillance Unit (CSU) established and integrated in the National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi.

Under the project weekly disease surveillance data on epidemic prone disease are being collected from reporting units such as sub centres, primary health centres, community health centres, hospitals including government and private sector hospitals and medical colleges.

Urban Surveillance: It is proposed for 4 metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.