Welcome to CORDS

Connecting Organisations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS)

CORDS is a program of Ending Pandemics, comprised of six regional member networks, working in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We work to detect and control the spread of infectious diseases by catalysing exchange and collaboration among regional surveillance networks globally. Our vision is a world united against infectious disease.

Infectious disease remains one of the world’s greatest threats to human and animal life, the environment, local communities and economies. Early detection helps keep infection to its area of origin, which in our increasingly mobile world is vital in stopping life threatening diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Yellow Fever. The expertise of CORDS’s member networks in terms of local knowledge and relationships enables prompt disease detection and response, containing outbreaks at source and keeping communities safe.

We are committed to promoting the One Health Approach which recognises that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment.

CORDS September 2020 Newsletter

Find out the latest from CORDS six regional networks here including updates on their work in leading the response to Covid-19, Thailand’s experience of responding to the pandemic, SARI and ILI sentinel surveillance in South East European Countries and the Partnership for AMR Surveillance Excellence mapping and gap analyses results.


The Ministry of Public Health, Thailand has published a book on their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The publication aims to share Thailand’s experience and to provide policy lessons to help other countries overcome the disease. You can read the publication on the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Foundation (MBDS) website 



EAIDSNet and SACIDS One Health Foundation receive a Skoll Foundation grant to respond to COVID-19

Two of CORDS regional networks the East African Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet) and SACIDS One Health Foundation have received a grant of $7 million from the Skoll Foundation to work with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), to help prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

Find out more here