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Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance

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Early detection of disease threats

The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS), centered in one of the world’s most turbulent regions, builds unprecedented cooperation among public health authorities in preparing for and responding to biosecurity and disease threats.

  • Tabletop exercises are a key knowledge sharing event. Tabletop exercises are a key knowledge sharing event.
  • Dr. Levanthal handover to Dr. Belbesi:  The MECIDS chairmanship rotates each year among the three partners.  Here Dr. Alex Levanthal, Israel Public Health Ministry congratulates Dr. Abel Belbesi, Jordan Public Health Ministry on assuming the chairman’s role in 2008.  Not pictured is Dr. Assad Ramlawi, Palestian Authority. Dr. Levanthal handover to Dr. Belbesi: The MECIDS chairmanship rotates each year among the three partners. Here Dr. Alex Levanthal, Israel Public Health Ministry congratulates Dr. Abel Belbesi, Jordan Public Health Ministry on assuming the chairman’s role in 2008. Not pictured is Dr. Assad Ramlawi, Palestian Authority.

With a vision of promoting long term health, security, and stability across the Middle East, public health experts and Ministry of Health officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Jordan work together through MECIDS to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and other threats to public health. MECIDS serves as a mechanism for capacity building, collaboration and response, exemplifying the type enhanced cooperation among states that is vital to addressing transnational disease outbreaks.

MECIDS was formed in 2003, at a time when cooperative efforts on health matters in the region were scarce. It has been tested repeatedly since that time. In 2006, the robust networks and transparent reporting processes built through MECIDS aided the quick mitigation of an avian influenza outbreak when it spread across the three members’ borders in just 10 days. And in 2009, when the World Health Organization raised the influenza pandemic alert level and called for global solidarity to address the threat, MECIDS members already had convened an emergency teleconference to develop an action plan for the region.

In addition to facilitating cooperation between the member countries, MECIDS fosters dialogue between nations on recent developments in the health field and creates linkages among key players to address future challenges to regional health security.

For more informatiom on MECIDS, visit www.mecidsnetwork.org.
 

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