CORDS Hosts Global Health Conference in Bangkok


On the 29th and 30th of January, 2018, Connecting Organisations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORD), is hosting its 2018 Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with its six networks; the Asian Network (APEIR), the East African Network (EAIDSNet), the Mekong Basin Network (MBDS), the Middle East Consortium (MECIDS), the Southern African Network (SACIDS) and the South East European Network (SECID).

CORDS, a global health organisation working across 28 countries, is comprised of six regional disease surveillance networks working together to prevent infectious diseases, one of the world’s greatest threats to human and animal life, the environment, local communities and economies.

The Conference is an integral component of PMAC 2018, reinforcing the overarching theme ‘Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases’, under the specific topic ‘Advancing Regional Collaboration for Improved Global Health Security.’

The event will be co-organised and mainly supported by Ending Pandemics (formerly the Skoll Global Threats Fund) and The Rockefeller Foundation. Over 120 delegates are expected. Participants can look forward to panel discussions on topics such as ‘Innovating in surveillance using a digital approach’, and ‘Addressing antimicrobial resistance using the One Health Approach’. Internationally renowned experts will deliver introductory lectures, including Pr. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, the Nobel Laureate 2008 and the Honorary President of the Institut Pasteur International Network, Paris, Pr. Larry Brilliant, Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics (formerly the Skoll Global Threats Fund), Charlanne Burke, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and Pr. Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

CORDS Executive Director Dr. Christophe Longuet said: “We are delighted that our conference will provide an important opportunity for global health professionals to exchange with and learn from peers from 35 countries and 5 continents. We will be able to demonstrate the unique platform that CORDS has to address issues by encouraging the spread of innovation in disease surveillance from the ground up.”