Projet Triple-S

Publié le 16/10/2017

About the Triple-S project

About Triple-S

The Public Health Action Programme Triple S-AGE (Syndromic Surveillance Survey, Assessment towards Guidelines for Europe, grant agreement GA 2009.11.12) reviewed and analysed European syndromic surveillance systems. The program was co-financed by the European commission through the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. It encompassed an inventory of existing and proposed syndromic surveillance systems, including country visits for an in-depth understanding of selected systems. The project also provided scientific and technical guidance for the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems for both human and animal health, according to the needs and expectations of the member states. The aim of the project was to increase the European capacity for real-time or near-real time surveillance and monitoring of the health burden of expected and unexpected health related events.

Triple S-AGE (in most public contexts abbreviated to Triple-S) was a three-year project and was coordinated by the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS). It started in September 2010 and ended in December 2013.

We defined five groups of stakeholders relevant for the Triple-S project:

  • The Triple-S forum (associated partners, collaborating partners, the advisory board, EAHC)
  • The scientific community
  • Data providers
  • The public health community (public health authorities, institutes involved in human or animal disease surveillance)
  • Health professionals (policy makers, health care providers).

Triple-S objectives

1. To provide member states, ECDC and relevant bodies with an overview of the available systems of syndromic surveillance in Europe taking into consideration the different organisations of health systems in the countries of Europe.

2. To support harmonisation of main data sources for morbidity syndromic surveillance.

3. To support the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems at member state level according to the members states' needs and expectations.

4. To develop synergies between animal and human syndromic surveillance and promote dialogue and complementarity between syndromic surveillance systems, sentinel networks and specific disease surveillance networks.

Triple-S work packages

The project was organized in 6 Work packages.

Work package 1: Coordination of the project
WP 1 was responsible for the actions undertaken to manage the project and to make sure that it was implemented as planned. 

WP-leader: French Institute for Public Health Surveillance through Anne Foulliet.

Work package 2: Dissemination of the project
There were three main objectives for the dissemination activities: to ensure that the deliverables of the project were made available to the stakeholders; to sustain a network of partners for sharing and disseminating the deliverables; to produce a dissemination plan and tools to assist in the dissemination.

WP-leader: Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control through Anette Hulth.

Work package 3: Evaluation of the project
WP 3 was responsible for the actions undertaken to verify if the project was being implemented as planned and reached the objectives.

WP-leader: Statens Serum Institut, Denmark throguh Kåre Mølbak.

Work package 4: Inventory of existing systems of syndromic surveillance in member states
WP 4 performed a survey to create an inventory of syndromic surveillance systems in Europe (existing, pilot and planned). To this end, a network of contact persons was identified; a questionnaire was developed and sent to this network; the collected information was analysed and stored in a specifically designed database, which was updated during the entire duration of the project. The results of this WP were the basis of WP 5 and contributed to WP 6.

WP-leader: Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy throguh Susanna Conti.

Work package 5: Site visits, knowledge transfer between member states, data source description
WP 5 organised visits of syndromic surveillance systems in EU member states (existing, pilot or planned) for mutual knowledge exchange. A visit guideline was developed in order to assist visited sites and visitors to prepare the visits. Associated and collaborative project partners and also external parties took part in those visits. Results of this WP entailed detailed syndromic surveillance system descriptions and guidelines for the assessment of data sources.

WP-leader: Maastricht University, the Netherlands throguh Alexandra Ziemann.

Work package 6: Guidelines for implementing syndromic surveillance in Europe
WP 6 was a synthesis of other WPs and produced guidelines for implementing a syndromic surveillance system. It provided recommendations about the issues to take under consideration to set up such a surveillance system. It proposed a harmonized indicators description to make results comparable between member states.

WP-leader: French Institute for Public Health Surveillance throguh Sylvia Medina

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