Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance

Building global cooperation and capacity between public health experts across the world

Challenge

Infectious diseases do not respect borders. Because they have potentially grave social and economic consequences, cooperation between states and regions is crucial to limiting the spread of infectious diseases worldwide.

Action

An initiative to facilitate global cooperation and capacity among regional public health experts and communities, to enhance health security by transforming international action and dialogue on biological threats

Results

CORDS has helped to enhance communication and cooperation as regional disease networks, states and global health organizations respond to pandemic outbreaks and biological weapon threats.

Infectious diseases do not respect borders. Because they have potentially grave social and economic consequences, cooperation between states and regions is crucial to limiting the spread of infectious diseases worldwide.


Started in 2009 with generous funding from the Peter G Peterson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund and NTI , CORDS was designed to serve as a platform for a global disease surveillance network. The network is designed to enhance communication and cooperation as regional disease networks, states and global health organizations respond to future pandemic outbreaks and biological weapon threats.

Under CORDS, regional authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global partners in health security share best practices to promote the most effective responses to emerging threats.

The network also understands that risks are magnified in regions racked by poverty and conflict where sufficient aid is not available. CORDS has recognized the resources vacuum in these areas and has created partnerships in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and South-Eastern Asia.

In 2010 and 2011, regional network members and health specialists from around the world convened to determine how to improve global capacity for disease surveillance. Foundation Mérieux, based in Annecy, France, hosted the conference as an in-kind donation.

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Latest Activity

NTI Co-sponsors NGO Meeting on Emerging and Evolving Biological Threats

Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University
Non-governmental stakeholders will discuss the Global Health Security Agenda at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, at an event co-sponsored by NTI, CORDS and other partners.

Global Health Security Agenda Launch

CSIS
Dr. Thomas C. Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Ms. Laura Holgate, Senior Director, WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council, discuss the administration's launch of the new Global Health Security Agenda

CORDS Launch

Bangkok, Thailand
CORDS, an organization dedicated to improving disease surveillance worldwide, launched at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok.

NTI 10th Anniversary Event

Washington, DC
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 4th, 2011 with an awards dinner that honored leaders from around the globe who have made significant contributions to reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Partner Organizations

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
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Foundation Mérieux

Its mission is to strengthen local capacities in developing countries to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable population.
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Peter J. Peterson Foundation

The Foundation brings Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real res...
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Skoll Global Threats Fund

The Skoll Global Threats Fund’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard...
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The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation envisions a world with Smart Globalization – a world in which globalization’s benefits are more widely shared and social, economic, health, and enviro...
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World Health Organization

WHO directs and coordinates authority for health within the United Nations system.
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World Organisation for Animal Health

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide.
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