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Monday, March 4, 2013

The SEE Health Network is among the founding partners of the Global Network "Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Survellance" (CORDS)


The SEE regional network on surveillance and control of communicable diseases, an important sub-network of the SEE Health Network, is among the founding partners and became part of the recently established Golbal Network  "Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance" (CORDS).
 
CORDS was established in Lyon in 2012 and was launched in PMAC 2013 on 29 January 2013 in Bangkok during the conference "A World United Against Infectious Diseases –Cross Sectoral Solutions". CORDS has six founding regional disease surveillance networks, with plans to expand.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Animal Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are all affiliated with CORDS and welcome its activities.
 
CORDS promotes global exchanges of best practices, surveillance tools and strategies, training courses, innovations, successful operating procedures, case studies and other technical data. CORDS will speed the development, capabilities and sustainability of all its network members to improve global surveillance to detect disease outbreaks early and mitigate their global impact. CORDS will speed the detection of significant changes in endemic disease agents through cutting edge molecular epidemiology techniques .

In Bangkok, during parallel session 2.3 on Making Regional Networks Work, Dr.Silvia Bino, Director of the SEE Health Network Regional Health Development Centre for communicable diseases sureveillance and control, presented the experience of SEEHN in that important public health area.  Dr. Bino is also a member of international organizing committee of PMAC 2013.
 
Other representatives of the SEE regional network on surveillance and control of communicable diseases, in particular Dr. Angel Kunchev, Chief Public Health Officer, Ministry of Health, Bulgaria, Dr. Semra Cavaluga, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dr. Stela Georghita, Ministry of Health, Republic of Moldova participated during the launch of CORDS and contributed to the conference discussions and proceedings.
 
To learn more about CORDS, please visit its website on: