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3. Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections

July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 am UTC+0

The course aims to provide an understanding of the components of surveillance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and strategies for planning and implementing STI surveillance programmes in diverse settings. The course starts with an overview of the  objectives of STI surveillance and its components. Other lectures will address trends and determinants of STIs and the influence of STI treatment and care structures on STI surveillance. Participants will be given an opportunity to share their own country-specific experiences by describing key characteristics and outcomes of STI surveillance activities in their countries.

Lecturers will give examples of different surveillance programmes such as case reporting, population-based surveys  and gonococcal resistance to antimicrobials surveillance.

The rest of the course outlines management and analysis of surveillance data, examines key outputs of surveillance systems and ways in which data can be analysed and presented to obtain a fuller understanding of disease epidemiology. Other lectures will outline criteria for the evaluation of the surveillance system performance (simplicity; flexibility; data quality; etc) and the role of surveillance in evaluation of STI prevention and control programmes. The course will also reflect on the new developments in STI control and treatment.

The key part of the course is a group work which consists of  development of a protocol for STI surveillance component that participants will present at the end of the course.


Learning objectives

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to components of STI surveillance and to describe strategies for implementation of STI surveillance programmes, as well as to provide an overview of current health care arrangements for the diagnosis, treatment and care of STIs. Participants will also learn about the methods and considerations for identifying, collecting and managing STI surveillance data, as well as different approaches used in STI surveillance data analysis  New techniques used in identifying, collecting, managing and disseminating STI surveillance data will be illustrated.


Key topics

  • Key factors that influence the trends in STIs
  • Main  functions and components of STI surveillance
  • Main advantages and disadvantages of each component of STI surveillance (case reporting, STI prevalence studies, surveillance of AMR in Neisseria gonorrhoeae)
  • Key approaches to analysis of  surveillance data
  • Limitations in the interpretation of STI surveillance data
  • General  framework for undertaking an evaluation of surveillance programmes
  • Main requirements for successful implementation of STI surveillance programmes
  • Development of a protocol for STI surveillance


Teaching Methods

The module consists of lectures and exercises, and utilises interactive methods of learning which aim to encourage participants to reflect upon and apply  their learning to their own country settings. A small group exercise will consist of development of a protocol for one component of STI surveillance which will enable participants to acquire practical skills. 


Target Audience

Epidemiologists, social scientists, public health professionals.



The course takes place in five days.



  • Public Health England 
  • University Hospital for Infectious Disease, Zagreb


This course was held in:

  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • London, for European Network for STI Surveillance
  • Islamabad, Pakistan



July 8, 2020
12:00 am UTC+0
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