Disease Data Management System (DDMS)
A major problem in vector control has been the lack of integration and poor interpretation of entomological and clinical transmission data.
This concern, highlighted in the WHO Global Insecticide Resistance Management Plan for Malaria vectors (GPIRM) has been resolved with the development of the Disease Data Management System (DDMS).
The DDMS is an advanced tool that assists in the operational running, monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes.
The software is extremely flexible. Disease control programmes can use it to efficiently manage data and convert information into reports, maps and graphs.
This provides a a versatile and comprehensive picture of current entomological and operational data for programme members and stakeholders at all levels.
After great success in African malaria control programmes, work has begun to implement the system into Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) programmes in Bihar State India, where around 80% of all VL cases are recorded.
The range of the DDMS will be expanded into new diseases and countries as required. This development of the programme is made possible by its ability to be easily adapted to different diseases and countries.
By making entomological and clinical transmission data available it will enhance efforts to control and eradicate VL and other insect-borne diseases in Asia and Africa.