CORDS 2018 Conference
Connecting Organisations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS), The Rockefeller Foundation, and Ending Pandemics (formerly Skoll Global Threats Fund) held a conference in Bangkok, Thailand on the 29th and 30th January 2018. The event, a side meeting of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, was held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.
CORDS is a global initiative that works to catalyze collaboration among regional disease surveillance networks across the world in order to improve their capacity to prevent, detect, and control the spread of epidemics. Our vision is a world united against disease. CORDS is comprised of six international networks which include: the Asia Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (APEIR), the East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet), the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Consortium (MBDS), the Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS),
the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS), and the Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID). The two-day CORDS Conference was 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 conference brought together 173 participants from 45 countries and 5 continents, with 10 regional networks represented.
Over the two days there were four sessions following CORDS strategic objectives: i) Building capacity; ii) Promoting Innovation; iii) Advancing One Health; and iv) Building sustainable networks.
We are grateful to our partners for their generous support.
The Rockefeller Foundation
For more than 100 years, the Rockefeller Foundation has brought people together to try to solve the world’s most challenging problems and promote the well-being of humanity. The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that fights to secure the fundamentals of human well-being – health, food, energy, jobs – so that they’re within reach for everyone, everywhere in the world. Today, its portfolio of work in health includes support for Planetary Health, Universal Health Coverage, and Disease Surveillance Networks, with the goal of ending millions of preventable
deaths through more equitable, effective health systems in communities around the world.
In December 2017, The Skoll Global Threats Fund Board of Directors spun out Ending Pandemics as an independent entity focused on eliminating this global threat to humanity. Ending Pandemics works with partners across the globe to unlock the potential to find, verify, and respond to outbreaks faster no matter where they might emerge on the planet.
For over 50 years Mérieux Foundation, an independent family foundation with public interest status, has worked on the ground with local partners to improve the living conditions for mothers and children, and build the infrastructure and knowledge that underpin the surveillance and control of infectious diseases in developing countries. Mérieux Foundation is active today in over twenty countries.