A team of researchers from Jordan University of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health have designed a new surveillance system "JSANDS"
A team of researchers from Jordan University of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health have designed a new surveillance system "JSANDS", which aims to monitor births, perinatal deaths, and stillbirths. JSANDS is an electronic surveillance system that automatically collects, reports, and transfers standardized perinatal mortality data to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and identify the causes of stillbirths and neonatal deaths. J-SANDS is linked to a quality improvement system. The system supports the most basic acknowledgment of human rights—one's existence—by counting all births and deaths occurring in the selected hospitals including births and deaths in Jordan. The surveillance system will collect the data that are necessary to create equity indicators. Data disseminated by this surveillance system can be used for (i) measuring the burden of perinatal mortality and its trend, and identifying the populations at high risk, (ii) guiding the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs to prevent and control perinatal deaths, (iii) acquiring immediate public health action, (iv) prioritizing the allocation of health resources, and (v) formulating research hypotheses and providing a basis for epidemiologic research. The potential users of the data include policy makers and decision makers in the MoH, clinicians and other health care providers, and health researchers.
On Monday, 15/4-2019 in Royal Hotel Amman, the first workshop was held to introduce the JSANDS system. The Project Manager Prof. Yousef Al-Gaud and members of the JSANDS workshop explained in detail the system. The workshop was attended by the members of the Steering Committee and the Technical Committee of the participating hospitals.