Health Secur 2021 May 3. Epub 2021 May 3.
Faris Lami, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Bab Al Muadham, Baghdad, Iraq. Mirwais Amiri, MD, MPH, is Research and Policy Team Leader and Mohannad Al Nsour, MD, MSc, PhD, is Executive Director; both at Center of Excellence for Applied Epidemiology Global Health Development, Amman, Jordan. Yasir Majeed, MD, is Director, Field Epidemiology Training Program, Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Baghdad, Iraq. Kira M. Barr is a Graduate Student, Epidemiology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Yousef S. Khader, ScD, is a Professor, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.
The Arba'een pilgrimage in Iraq is now the largest annual gathering in a single place worldwide. To monitor and address the health needs of pilgrims in field clinics near the pilgrimage route, a syndromic surveillance system was designed and implemented by Global Health Development/Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network in collaboration with Iraq Ministry of Health. This study aimed to analyze the effectiveness of the surveillance system and the data it gathered in evaluating the burden of common acute and infectious conditions, chronic conditions, and trauma and injuries during the Arba'een pilgrimage in 2018. Read More