Table 3

Characteristics of case reporting systems by region

Number responding ‘yes’Total number of responsesPercentage of countries that responded ‘yes’ (%)
Entity is responsible for case reporting1515100
 Ministry of Health141593
 National Public Health Institute1157
Law exists that mandates case reporting for at least one disease131587
Case reporting data are used in country1515100
 Programme response1515100
 Diagnostics forecasting81553
 Burden of disease estimates121580
Case reporting system is currently funded141593
 Domestic121486
 Multilateral101471
 Bilateral*91464
Private sector reports newly diagnosed cases of disease using the same system111385
Case reporting system is linked to other systems101471
 Patient monitoring81080
 Laboratory information system71070
 Vital statistics11010
Unique identifiers are used for case reporting81457
 National ID4757
 Health ID1714
 System-specific ID1714
 Client demographics4757
 Biometric data070
Security measures used for electronic case reporting systems1414100
 Physical barrier81457
 Software barrier131493
 Legal barrier51436
 Encryption41429
 Unique ID31421
  • Missing or ‘N/A’ responses are excluded from the denominator number of responses. 

  • *Bilateral organisations include both government agencies and non-government agencies.