Common health problems of refugees and displaced population groups in the Sahel region are infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections, acute diarrheal diseases, malaria and malnutrition, as well as general mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, psychosis and suicide attempts. The project "Digital System for Better Health Care Management of Refugees" (SysRef) aims to improve the quality of health for refugees and displaced people in Chad living in refugee camps.
Measures to improve health care management include the development and implementation of digital tools. Specifically, the project pursues the following goals: (i) improving the diagnosis and treatment of infections and other health problems, such as mental illness among refugees and displaced people; (ii) a follow-up of specific target groups, such as pregnant women; (iii) registration of vaccinations and monitoring of vaccination status; and (iv) automatic collection and assessment of epidemiological data. The developed digital tools, including their cost-effectiveness, will be tested and validated. Their transferability to regions with comparable humanitarian crises will be assessed.
The project will be implemented from 2019 to 2022 and will be divided into four phases: analysis of the situation, development of digital/IT systems, implementation and use of tools, and dissemination of results and analysis of the replicability of the solutions. The project will be directed by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in close collaboration with the ‘Centre de Support en Santé Internationale’ (CSSI), the UNHCR and other partners in Chad.