The South African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance or SACIDS links academic and research institutions in DR Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia with world-renowned centres of research in high income countries. Partnerships include the University of London, the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This collaboration is further reinforced at the national level by virtual centres for infectious diseases that form the core of SACIDS.
Our network came about as a result of the seminal global study by the UK Foresight programme on the detection, identification and monitoring of infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants. The study which included a specific strand on Africa, identified future (up to 2030) drivers of infectious disease risks such as economic and climate change, future disease threats and technologies to help manage risk. The study can be found here
Our objectives are to strengthen one-health driven training, conduct pathogen and disease dynamics research, to develop societal and ecosystems impact research and to strengthen wildlife and ecosystems health research and training.