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.


Join us on Thursday 2 April 2020 12.00-1.30pm Jerusalem time (GMT + 2)

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Expert panellists:

  • Prof. Daniel Cohen, Chair of MECIDS  and acting head of School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr. Sami Sheikh Ali, The Communicable Diseases Directorate, Ministry of Health, Jordan
  • Prof. Ziad Abdeen, Al Quds University, East Jerusalem
  • Prof. Ella Mendelson and Dr. Orna Mor, The Central Virology Laboratory, Ministry of Health and School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr. Dorit Nitzan, Coordinator of Health Emergencies at World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • Dr. Silvia Bino, Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases South (SECID)
  • Prof. Manfred Green, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel

The program will cover: MECIDS as a platform to address emerging infectious diseases, the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian experience of facing the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid response in diagnostics/detection- laboratory preparedness, and the non-medical burden of the pandemic as well as a panel discussion and opportunity for Q&A.


EAIDSNet and SACIDS One Health Foundation receive a Skoll Foundation grant to respond to Coronavirus (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 


Must read article by Ending Pandemics President Mark Smolinski, MD, MPH and Margaret Hamburg, MD, published in Newsweek on February 2, 2020.

“Ending pandemics is in our future. We are far from realizing the full power of collaborative forces necessary to prevent the global spread of a new virus. We have, however, made incredible progress in identifying critical factors for the emergence of new diseases and in helping build capacity to Identify and respond to outbreaks more rapidly in disease “hotspots.” Unless we start socializing a greater understanding of where diseases are likely to pop up and why they’re happening, we’ll continue to have outbreaks, we’ll continue to respond to crises. And we’ll wonder why the public is surprised every time.” 

Read the full article here