3.1 Analysing the context

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    Planning an investigation requires a rapid and complete analysis of the context.

     

    The following information is essential:
    – the administrative and health organization of the country;
    – security;
    – demographic data (including age distribution, if possible);
    – climate and seasons;
    – maps, including administrative boundaries, towns and villages, locations of health care facilities and main transportation routes;
    – Ministry of Health: organizational chart, key people and their contact information;
    – national response strategy for the epidemic (if there is one);
    – list of partners involved: UN agencies, bilateral assistance programmes, non governmental organizations, etc.;
    – procurement: local options, procedure for importing medical supplies and vaccines;
    – local events: national or religious holidays, market days, large demonstrations;
    – epidemiological situation in neighbouring countries;
    – perception of immunisation among the population.