M.F. Abakar, E. Schelling, M. B├ęchir, B.N. Ngandolo, K. Pfister, I.O. Alfaroukh, H.M. Hassan & J. Zinsstag

Summary (continued)
Community-based syndromic surveillance, coupled with visual mobile phone technology, adapted to the high levels of illiteracy among nomads, could offer an alternative to existing health surveillance systems. Such an approach could contribute to accelerated reporting, which could in turn lead to targeted intervention among mobile pastoralists in sub-Saharan Africa. Although considerable efforts have been made towards integrating mobile pastoralists into social services, obstacles remain to the adoption of a clear, specific and sustainable policy on pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa.