29, 30 January 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to
the CORDS 2018 Conference

I am delighted to welcome you to the website for our CORDS 2018 Conference which will take place in Bangkok Thailand, on the 29th and 30th January 2018, in collaboration with our 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). The conference will be co-organized and mainly supported by the Skoll Global Threats Fund and The Rockefeller Foundation. The CORDS Conference will be a side event of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC). It will be under the PMAC sub-theme: ‘Harnessing the Power of Public-Private-Community Partnerships for Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Zoonotic Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance.

Participants can look forward to panel discussions on topics such as ‘Innovating in surveillance using a digital approach’, ‘Making One Health surveillance work’ and ‘Addressing antimicrobial resistance using the One Health Approach’. Internationally renowned experts are expected to deliver introductory lectures, including Pr. Larry Brilliant, chairman of Skoll Global Threats Fund, San Francisco, USA, Dr. Michael Myers, manager director at  The Rockefeller Foundation, New York City, USA. Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, and Pr. Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following a call for abstracts to all six CORDS networks, about 50 abstracts have been accepted for oral and poster presentations. Those wishing to attend the Conference should contact CORDS secretariat for more information at :

Warm regards,

Dr. Christophe Longuet,
CORDS Executive Director


The CORDS Conference 2018 will be held at:
Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld

22nd and 23rd Fl.999/99 Rama 1 Road
Patumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

+ (66) 2100-1234

+ (66) 2100-1235


The CORDS Conference will take place from 29 to the 30th January 2018.

Check the current validity of your passport.
All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Thailand. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.

Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.
Thailand, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps up arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in visa section of your passport before any international travel. Please visit your embassy website for how to extend your passport pages.

Passport holders from the following 49 Countries are given a standard 30 day Tourist Visa on arrival at Thailand. No paper work is required for the visa, you get your 30 day visa stamp when you pass through the customs/Immigration Passport check point at any Thailand International Airport

(1)Australia (2) Austria (3) Belgium (4) Brazil (5) Bahrain (6) Brunei Darussalam (7) Canada (8) Czech (9) Denmark (10) Estonia (11) Finland (12) France (13) Germany (14) Greece (15) Hong Kong (16) Hungary (17) Iceland (18) Indonesia: Republic of Indonesia (19) Ireland (20) Israel (21) Italy (22) Japan (23) Korea (South) (24) Kuwait (25) Liechtenstein (26) Luxembourg (27) Malaysia (28) Monaco (29) Netherlands (30) New Zealand (31) Norway (32) Oman (33) Peru (34) Philippines (35) Poland (36) Portugal (37) Qatar (38) Singapore (39) Slovak (40) Slovenia (41) Spain (42) South Africa (43) Sweden (44) Switzerland (45) Turkey (46) United Arab Emirates (47) United Kingdom (48) United States (49) Vietnam

Passport holders from the following countries are eligible for the 30 days Tourist Visa on arrival

(1) Andorra (2) Bulgaria (3) Bhutan (4) China (5) Cyprus (6) Ethiopia (7) India (8) Kazakhstan (9) Latvia (10) Lithuania (11) Maldives (12) Malta (13) Mauritius (14) Romania (15) San Marino (16) Saudi Arabia (17) Taiwan (18) Ukraine (19) Uzbekistan

Passport holders from the following countries are entitled to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) are given a stand 90 days Tourist Visa on arrival at Thailand. No paper work is required for the visa. No visa extension is given.

(1) Australia (2) Brunei (3) Chile (4) China (5) Hong Kong (6) Indonesia (7) Japan (8) South Korea (9) Malaysia (10) Mexico (11) New Zealand (12) Peru (13) Philippines (14) Papua New Guinea (15) Russia (16) Singapore (17) Chinese (18) Taipei (19) Vietnam

Passport holders from the following countries are waived to apply for visa. Duration of stay is given differently depends on nationality.

(1)Agentina (90 days), (2) Brazil (90days), (3) Chile (90days), (4) Hong Kong (30days), (5) South Korea (90days), (6)Laos (30days), (7) Macau (30 days), (8) Mongolia (30days), (9) Peru (90days), (10) Russia (30days), (11) Vietnam (30days), (12) Cambodia (14days)

Passport holders from the following countries are NOT eligible for the 30 day Tourist Visa on arrival & should contact their local Thai Embassy office for more information.

(1)Algeria (2) Bangladesh (3) Taiwan (4) Egypt (5) India (6) Iran (7) Lebanon (9) Nepal (10) Nigeria (11) North Korea (12) Pakistan (13) Palestine (14) Russia (15) Saudi Arabia (16) Sri Lanka (17) Sudan (18) Syria (19) Yemen

For further more details about Thailand visa please visit
More information about Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General please visit,

Travelers travelling from/through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receiving of a Yellow Fever vaccination.

It is vital that all visitors have full travel and health insurance before coming to Thailand. This should include medical evacuation to home country. It is also advisable to have insurance cover for unexpected losses/expenses (eg. Cancelled flights, lost passport, stolen cash etc).

The local organizer will book the accommodation and airport transfer for you according to you according to your flight itinerary. However, it is suggested that you confirm your reservations before your departure from home country. Contact information mention in Contact Information Section.


TheBLISS Travel, appointed travel agency in Thailand will book and send you flight itinerary. Please send her the copy of passport. Upon you receive the itinerary/e-ticket, please check your name and schedule. Change flight after issued ticket might be cost to you.


Upon arrival () , you will collect luggage and past custom counter (), then you will take either Exit B or Exit C, () please TURN RIGHT ONLY and walk to Exit door No. 4, (). The staff will hold your name waiting for you at EXIT No. 4, inside the building. If your flight schedule is delay, don’t be worry, our airport staff always update with the airline for your flight schedule.

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, depending on your period of stay at hotel.
Lunch will be provide at Meeting venue, during 29-30 January 18.
Dinner on 28th January & 30 January 2018 will be provide at Hotel.
A special welcome diner will be held on January 29th, only by invitation.

Business Hours

All government offices are open from 08:30-16:30 (with a one-hour lunch break), Monday to Friday. Bank are open from 08:30-15:30 Monday to Friday except branches in the department stores are open from 11:00-20:30. Department Stores are open form 11:00-21:00 Monday to Friday, and 10:00-22:00 on Weekend and public holidays.


The weather in Bangkok is warm, the average temperature varies from 30 to 33 C. While it is currently not the rainy season sporadic rain may occur. Please keep in mind that the meeting room temperature can get cold (usually about 21-25 C.)


The currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB), 1 USD = 32. Notes are available in paper denominations of 20; 50; 100; 500; 1,000; and also in metal denominations of 0.25; 0.50; 1; 5; 10. Throughout the country, US dollars are widely accepted for exchange. However, the bills must be relatively new with no markings or tears, and large denominations are preferred.

  • Cash can be exchanged in banks and in the numerous Currency Exchange shops.
  • Credit cards are acceptable, in the major hotels, department stores and restaurants.

There are many ATMs around you should be able to withdraw money from your home account. Please advise your bank before departure to alert them of your travel activities. Most banks in Thailand open from 8.30-15.30


Dress code for meeting is smart casual attire


Thailand is a Buddhist country. Do not wear shorts or sandals when visiting temples (Wats). Women should not touch or sit next to monks. The rest days are Saturday and Sunday. There are many holidays, although the big one is New Year (January 1st)

Language and food

Thai is spoken everywhere. English is increasingly widely spoken, but it is usually not understood extensively in rural areas. As everywhere in Asia, it pays to have a sunny disposition, to smile in the face of adversity, and to remain polite. It does no good to lose one’s temper and raise one’s voice. The Thai are generally friendly, cheerful, and polite. They are shrewd observers of humanity. The extensive exposure of skin surfaces is not recommended! The feet are considered dirty, and should not be pointed at other people, or raised in the air. The ‘Wai’, or Thai greeting, involves placing the two outstretched hands together in an inverted “V” in front of one’s face. The Wai should not be too low as this conveys superiority over the person being “Wai’ed”. Although everyone seems very easy-going and forgiving of cultural indiscretions, it is wise to be prepared as social inter-actions and cultural mores are complicated.

Drinking water

You should not drink the tap water. Bottled water is cheap and readily available for drinking. It is advisable that you avoid ice in drinks at street cafes but most restaurants and hotels serve ‘clean’ ice.


Thailand operates a 220/240 volts, 50Hz power supply Adapter plugs can be purchased easily, if you coming from 110 Volts country please check before you travel if you can use your laptop.

Time zone

Bangkok GMT+7:00 hrs

Dial Code

International Dialing Code: 66; Area Code: 02

For flight arrival confirmation and accommodation arrangement, tour and excursion, and any emergency while staying in Thailand please contact :

Contact person :
Ms. Aoy Maneenin
Mobile :
+66 81 847 1125
e-mail :
Skype :


 Room had been booked at Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok, during 28-31 January 2018. Please let us know if you want to check in earlier or extend stay.
Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business area and surrounded by some of Bangkok’s most prestigious Business Addresses, Arnoma Grand Bangkok is also across the road from Centralworld’s 400 shops and Restaurants, close to some of Asia’s most renowed Designer malls, and just around the corner from the BTS Sky train which will whisk you all over Bangkok in minutes.

Meeting venue

The CORDS Conference 2018 will be held during 29-30 January 2018, at Centara Grand @Central World which is opposite to the Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok.

(Conference Venue)

Hotel Information

999/99 Rama1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2100 1234 ext 6365 Fax: +66 (0) 2100 6248

Hotel contact person: Ms. Yuwadee Harnprasertsom (Senior Sales Manager)


Room Type Price/Room/Night (Thai Baht)
Deluxe World Single / Double 4,500 net / 4,900 net
Premium World Single / Double 5,900 net / 6,300 net
World Club Executive Deluxe Single / Double 6,775 net / 7,175 net
World Club Premium Single / Double 8,175 net / 8,575 net
Executive one Bed room Single / Double 10,675 net / 11,075 net

Terms & Conditions

Rates are net inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% VAT

Breakfast and internet access are included in the rates

Bed Type:

KING (available for all room types & assigned for 1 person or couple priority)

TWIN (available for Deluxe World only & assigned for 2 persons priority)

Check-in time: 15:00 hrs / Check-out time: Before 12:00 hrs (noon)

Cancellation & No Show Policy
For cancellations received after the 20th of January 2018 a charge of the equivalent of one night will be applied. For late cancellation or a shortened stay with less than 48 hours- notice prior to the check in date, the equivalent of the entire stay will be applied. In the case of a no-show a charge for the equivalent of the entire stay will also be taken.


Hotel Information

99 Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2655 5555 Fax: +66 (0) 2655 7888

Hotel contact person: Ms. Darunee Janasak (Assistant Director of Sales)

Email: ,

Room Type Price/Room/Night (Thai Baht)
Superior Single / Double 2,800 net / 3,000 net
Deluxe Single / Double 3,200 net / 3,400 net
Junior Suite Single / Double 4,500 net

Terms & Conditions

Rates are net inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% VAT

Breakfast and internet access are included in the rates

Check-in time: After 14:00 hrs / Check-out time: Before 12:00 hrs (noon)

5 minutes walk from the hotel to the Conference Venue

Cancellation & No Show Policy
If cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to the arrival date,
1 night room charge will be charged directly to the guest’s credit card.
For case of no show, 1 night room charge will be automatically applied
to guest’s credit card.

Who’s speaking ?

We are delighted to provide conference delegates with a first class range of experts.

Prof Amin Soebandrio

Chairman, CORDS

Prof Itamar Grotto

Associate Director General, Ministry of Health, Israel

Prof Ann Marie Kimball

Senior Research Fellow Chatham House, UK

Prof Ab Osterhaus

Emeritus Professor of Virology Erasmus University, The Netherlands


We are extremely grateful to our sponsors Skoll Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation for their generous support.


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

Conference Bangkok 2018 agenda in pdf format.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome Address Dr Christophe Longuet (Executive Director, CORDS)
Prof Amin Soebandrio (Chairman, CORDS)
9:20 – 9:40 Keynote Address I Dr Charlanne Burke – Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation – CONFIRMED


9:40 – 10:00 Keynote Address II Prof Larry Brilliant (Chairman Skoll Global Threats Fund, USA) – INVITED

SESSION 1: Promoting Innovation

Chair: Prof Mohmmad Abdallat (Chair MECIDS, Jordan) – INVITED
Co-Chair:  Prof Julius Lutwama (Chair EAIDSNet, Uganda) – CONFIRMED


10:00 –10:15 Lecture: Promoting Innovation for Efficient Healthcare Systems Prof Itamar Grotto (Associate Director General, Ministry of Health, Israel) – CONFIRMED
10:20 – 10:30 Lecture: Innovative tools for event detection” Prof Ann Marie Kimball (Senior Research Fellow Chatham House, UK) – CONFIRMED
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Poster session
11:00 – 11:30 Panel:  Innovation in disease surveillance using a digital approach (20): East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking project strengthens disease surveillance using regional web based reporting system – Dr Benedict Pius (EAPHLN)

(25): Using Smart phones occupied with intelligent mobile & web apps for electronic system of disease surveillance in Tanzania – Mr Eric Beda (SACIDS)

(37): Inter-sectoral and inter-network collaboration for improving disease surveillance in East & Southern Africa –
Prof Esron Karimuribo (SACIDS)

Epihack and Epicore Mark Smolinski?

11:30 – 11:50 Open Discussion
11:50 – 12:00 Lecture

(Move at the end of the

Dr Caroline Brown (Team Leader – High Threat Pathogens

Lead “Better Labs for Better Health” initiative

WHO Health Emergencies Program , WHO Regional Office for Europe) – INVITED

12:00 – 12:30 Panel: Improving disease surveillance (44): Genomic profiling of multidrug resistance tuberculosis among patients in Tanzania – Dr Bugwesa Katale (SACIDS)

(10): Building capacities for influenza surveillance in the Republic of Macedonia (2014-2017) – Dr Vladimir Mikikj (SECID)

(41): Seroepidemiological study to identify Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-coV) transmission in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian Authority – Dr Sami Al Sheikh (MECIDS)

12:30 – 12:50 Open Discussion
12:50 – 14:00 Lunch Break

SESSION 2: Advancing One Health

Chair: Pr Mark Rweyemamu (Chair SACIDS, Tanzania) – CONFIRMED
Co-Chair: Dr Sovann Ly (Chair MBDS, Cambodia) – CONFIRMED


14:00 – 14:15 Lecture: Emerging infections: interventions from a One Health perspective. Prof Ab Osterhaus (Emeritus Professor of Virology Erasmus University, The Netherlands)
14:15 – 14:45 Panel: Making One Health surveillance work (19): Gap analysis of a neglected global disease of marginalized people ‘leishmaniasis’, Jordan, Albania and Pakistan (2015) – Dr Sami Sheikh Ali (MECIDS)
(28):Pan African network for rapid research, response, relief and preparedness for infectious disease epidemics (PANDORA) – Dr Willy Were (EAIDSNET & SACIDS)(38): Estimating 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 (SACIDS)
14:45 – 15:05 Open Discussion Followed by Epihack and Epicore Mark Smolinski?
15:05 – 15:30 Coffee break & Poster session
15:30 – 16:00 Panel: Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance using the One Health approach


(31): The SACIDS One Health Approach to Genomics Driven Surveillance for Antimicrobial Resistance – a potential collaboration with EAIDSNet  – Dr Stephen Mshana (SACIDS)

(51) Antimicrobial resistance in Macedonia compared with Balkan region and Europe: Results of  CAESAR network – Pr Golubinka Bosevska (SECID)

Title TBC –Prof Wiku Adisasmito (APEIR)

16:00 – 16:20 Open discussion
16:20 – 16:30 Wrap-up of day 1
19:00 – 21:30 Welcome Dinner by invitation.
(Meet at 18:30- hotel lobby)

SESSION3: Network Capacity Building

Chair: Prof Silvia Bino (Chair SECID, Albania)
Co-chair: Prof Amin Soebandrio (Chair APEIR, Indonesia)

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 (Director Africa CDC, Ethiopia) – CONFIRMED
9:15 – 9:45 Plenary Presentations (6): Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training as an approach to addressing international health risks in the Mediterranean region – Dr Gordana Kuzmanovska (SECID)

(15): Reproducibility of results and performance of TB diagnostics in East Africa Public Health Networking Project in Kenya –
Dr Willie Githui (EAIDSNET)

(45) A network to enhance regional cross-border collaboration on health-related issues – Dr Moe Ko Oo (MBDS)

9:45 – 10:15 Coffee Break & Poster session
10:15 –10:35 Open Discussion
10:35 – 11:05 Plenary Presentations (16): Operational research project management experiences, challenges and lessons learned in East Africa Public Health Laboratories networking project – Dr Mary Kirimi (EAIDSNet)

(27): Influenza Season 2016-2017 in Serbia, Sentinel Surveillance of Severe Acute Respiratory system –
Dr Dragana Dimitrijevic (SECID)

(53): The process of evaluating timeliness of outbreak detection and response in Southeast European Region – Dr Kujtim Mersini (SECID)

11:05 – 11:25 Open discussion
11:25 – 12:30 Poster session
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

SESSION 4: Building Sustainable Networks

Chair: Prof Julius Lutwama (Chair EAIDSNet, Uganda) – CONFIRMED
Co-chair: Dr Sovann Ly (Chair MBDS, Cambodia) – CONFIRMED

14:00 – 14:15 Lecture Prof Suwit Wibulpolprasert (Vice Chair International Health Policy Program Foundation and Ministry of Public Health, Thailand) – CONFIRMED

14:15 – 14:45


Panel: Network Experiences (11): Sustaining and strengthening capacity of regional networks and partnership to respond to emerging infectious diseases in Asia – Prof Wiku Adisasmito (APEIR)

(33): The Evolution of SACIDS from Concept Towards a Sustainable Structure – Prof Gerald Misinzo (SACIDS)

(46): Evolution of MBDS network and the regional importance of collaboration–Dr Bun Sreng (MBDS)


14:45 –15:05 Open Discussion
15:05 –15:30 Coffee Break & Poster session
15:30 –16:10 (52) Strengthening communicable disease response in South East Europe through regional networking and establishing a regional development center –Prof Silvia Bino (SECID)

(42) Tracking Inter-Country Transmission of Salmonella Infantis using the Laboratory-Based Surveillance Network Established by MECIDS – Dr Ravit Bassal (MECIDS)


EAIDSNET to give a presentation on sustainable networks – Presenter- TBC


Creating a new regional surveillance network in West Africa – Dr Xavier Crespin (WAHO) INVITED

16:10 – 16:30 Open Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Conference Closing Remarks Dr Christophe Longuet (Executive Director, CORDS)
Prof Amin Soebandrio (Chairman, CORDS)