Conference Bangkok 2018

CORDS 2018 Conference

29, 30 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

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.

Ending Pandemics

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.

Fondation Merieux

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.


The Conference covers four topics, Promoting Innovation, Advancing One Health, Network Capacity Building and Building Sustainable Networks.

Conference Bangkok 2018 agenda in pdf format.

Time Theme Speakers
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome Addresses Dr. Christophe Longuet, Executive Director CORDS
Prof. Amin Soebandrio, Chairman CORDS
9:05 – 9:15 Keynote Address I Prof. Charlanne Burke, Associate Director The Rockefeller Foundation
9:15 – 9:25 Keynote Address II Prof. Larry Brilliant, Chair of the Board, Ending Pandemics
9:25 -9:40 Special Lecture: Lessons learned from HIV for the Next Pandemic Prof. Francoise Barré Sinoussi, Nobel Laureate, Institut Pasteur Paris
Session 1: Promoting Innovation
Chair: Prof. Julius Lutwama, EAIDSNet
Co-Chair: Mr Sari Husseini, MECIDS
9:45 – 10:00 Lecture: Promoting Innovation for Efficient Healthcare Systems Prof. Itamar Grotto, Israeli Ministry of Health
10:00 – 10:45 Panel: Innovation in Disease Surveillance Innovative Tools for Event Detection, Prof. Ann Marie Kimball, Chatham House

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme: Platforms and Systems to Manage Public Health Risks and Emergency Events, Dr. Oliver Morgan, WHO

Ending Pandemics, Dr. Mark Smolinski, Ending Pandemics

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break & Poster session
11:15 –  12:15 Panel: Innovation in Disease Surveillance Using a Digital Approach Innovative tools and approaches for surveillance in animal health, Dr. Julio Pinto, FAO

East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking project strengthens disease surveillance using regional web based reporting system, Dr. Benedict Mushi, EAPHLN

Using smart phones occupied with intelligent mobile & web apps for electronic system of disease surveillance in Tanzania, Mr Eric Beda, SACIDS

Inter-sectoral and inter-network collaboration for improving disease surveillance in East & Southern Africa,
Prof. Esron Karimuribo, SACIDS

Open discussion

12:15 – 13:00 Panel: Improving Laboratory-Based Disease Surveillance Building capacities for influenza surveillance in the Republic of Macedonia (2014-2017), Dr. Vladimir Mikikj, SECID

Genomic profiling of multidrug resistance tuberculosis among patients in Tanzania, Dr. Bugwesa Katale, SACIDS

Seroepidemiological study to identify Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-coV) transmission in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian Authority,
Prof. Daniel Cohen, MECIDS

Open discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break & Poster session
Session 2: Advancing One Health
Chair: Prof. Mark Rweyemamu, SACIDS
Co-Chair: Prof. Nguyen Dang Vung, MBDS
14:00 – 14:15 Lecture: Emerging Infections: Interventions from a One Health Perspective Prof. Ab Osterhaus, Center of Infection Medicine and Zoonosis Research at Hannover Veterinary University
14:15 – 15:05 Panel: Making One Health Surveillance Work Pan African network for rapid research, response, relief and preparedness for infectious disease epidemics (PANDORA),
Dr. Willy Were, EAIDSNet/SACIDSEstimating the economic and social consequences for patients diagnosed with human African Trypanosomiasis in Muchinga, Lusaka and Easter provinces of Zambia (2004-2014),
Dr. Martin Simuunza, SACIDSGap analysis of a neglected global disease of marginalized people ‘leishmaniasis’, Jordan, Albania and Pakistan (2015),
Prof. Silvia Bino, SECID Open discussion
15:05 – 15:30 Coffee break & Poster session
15:30 – 16:50 Panel: Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance Using the One Health Approach


Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance,
Dr. Jorge Pinto Ferreira, OIE
 The SACIDS One Health approach to genomics driven surveillance for antimicrobial resistance – a potential collaboration with EAIDSNet,
Dr. Stephen Mshana, SACIDSAntimicrobial resistance in Macedonia compared with Balkan region and Europe: Results of  CAESAR network,
Prof. Golubinka Bosevska, SECIDStrengthening regional role in EID research: APEIR experience, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, APEIRThe Fleming Fund One Health Programme on AMR
Dr. Toby Leslie, Mott MacDonald Open discussion
16:50 -17:00 Wrap-up of day 1

SESSION3: Network Capacity Building

Chair: Prof Silvia Bino, SECID
Co-chair: Prof Amin Soebandrio, APEIR

9:00 – 9:15 Lecture: Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention: An Opportunity to Strengthen Public Health Networks on the Continent Dr. John Nkengasong, Africa CDC
9:15 – 10:15 Panel: Building Capacity in the Regions National Public Health Institutes as the frontline of Global Health Security, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Nigeria CDC

Operational research project management experiences, challenges and lessons learned in East Africa Public Health Laboratories networking project, Dr Mary Karimi, EAIDSNet

Reproducibility of results and performance of TB diagnostics in East Africa Public Health Networking Project in Kenya,
Dr Willie Githui, EAIDSNet

The Australian government ‘s new Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region, Ms Madeleine Moss, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and JEE Alliance

Open discussion

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break & Poster session
10:50 –12:00 Panel: Building Capacity in the Regions (Cont’d) A network to enhance regional cross-border collaboration on health-related issues, Dr. Sovann Ly, MBDS

Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training as an approach to addressing international health risks in the Mediterranean region, Dr Gordana Kuzmanovska, SECID

The process of evaluating timeliness of outbreak detection and response in Southeast European Region, Dr Kujtim Mersini, SECID

Influenza Season 2016-2017 in Serbia, sentinel surveillance of severe acute respiratory infection, Dr Dragana Dimitrijevic, SECID

Canada’s priorities to mitigate global biological threats, Dr Robert Clarke, Canada’s Global Partnership Program

Open discussion

12:00 – 12:30 Poster session
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

SESSION 4: Building Sustainable Networks

Chair: Dr Sovann Ly, MBDS
Co-chair: Prof Julius Lutwama, EAIDSNet

14:00 – 14:15 Lecture: Building Sustainable Networks to achieve CORDS’ vision and mission Prof Suwit Wibulpolprasert, International Health Policy Program Foundation and Ministry of Public Health Thailand

14:15 – 15:05


Panel: Network Experiences Sustaining and strengthening capacity of regional networks and partnership to respond to emerging infectious diseases in Asia, Prof Wiku Adisasmito, APEIR

Evolution of MBDS network and the regional importance of collaboration, Dr Moe Ko Oo, MBDS

The Evolution of SACIDS from concept towards a sustainable structure, Prof Gerald Misinzo, SACIDS

Open discussion

15:05 –15:30 Coffee Break & Poster session
15:30 –16:50 Panel: Network Experiences (Cont’d) Strengthening communicable disease response in South East Europe through regional networking and establishing a regional development center, Prof Silvia Bino, SECID

Tracking inter-country transmission of Salmonella Infantis using the laboratory-based surveillance network established by MECIDS, Dr Ravit Bassal, MECIDS

The role of EMPHNET in responding to public health challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Dr Mohannad Al-Nsour, EMPHNET

Building sustainable networks: Experiences and challenges of EAIDSNET, Prof Julius Lutwama, EAIDSNET

Building sustainable laboratory networks, Mr Benoit Miribel, Fondation Mérieux

Developing a regional surveillance network in West Africa, Dr Bakary Sylla, CORDS

Establishing One Health Disease Surveillance Network: A recent convergence in South Asia, Prof Sithar Dorjee, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan

Open discussion

16:50 – 17:00 Conference Closing Remarks Dr Christophe Longuet, CORDS
Prof Amin Soebandrio, Chairman, CORDS