IWOPS IV, held in Cambodia in 2022, focused on establishing One Health participatory surveillance systems as a standard of practice for use in every country. Ending Pandemics convened experts from around the world to share experiences and best practices from exemplary systems directly engaging communities in human, animal and environmental health. Participants worked together to identify key data parameters and data standards for any One Health participatory surveillance system to permit greater data integration and information sharing among systems across the globe.
At IWOPS IV, participants worked toward establishing participatory surveillance as a standard of practice where every community in every country utilizes this approach as a necessary step towards a world free of pandemics. Developing data standards and mechanisms for information sharing among participatory surveillance systems is critical to improve epidemic and pandemic intelligence. Participants of IWOPS IV committed to further champion One Health participatory surveillance in their own communities and inspire others to adopt this highly effective approach.