29, 30 January 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to
the CORDS 2018 Conference

Dear Guest,

Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS), The Rockefeller Foundation, and Ending Pandemics (formerly the Skoll Global Threats Fund) are honored to welcome you to the CORDS 2018 Conference, a side meeting of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand, 29-30 January 2018. 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 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 Conference will bring together more than 120 representatives from regional disease surveillance networks and the global public health field across the world to share experiences and best practices, and plan future collaborative action. It includes four sessions following CORDS strategic objectives: i) Building capacity; ii) Promoting Innovation; iii) Advancing One Health; and iv) Building sustainable networks. We value your participation in the CORDS 2018 Conference and look forward to a productive meeting and fruitful exchanges.

Yours sincerely,
Pr. Charlanne, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Dr. Mark Smolinski, President, Ending Pandemics
Pr. Amin Soebandrio, Chairman, CORDS
Dr. Christophe Longuet, Executive Director, CORDS



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

Ballroom B, 23rd Floor 999/99 Rama 1 Road
Patumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

+ (66) 2100-1234

+ (66) 2100-1235


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

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

Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.
Thailand, require that you have adequate blank pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps up arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in the 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 need to apply for a visa. Duration of stay 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
For more information about Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General please visit,

Delegates travelling from/through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receipt 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 their home country. It is also advisable to have insurance cover for unexpected loses/expenses (eg. Cancelled flights, lost passport, stolen cash etc).

It is suggested that you confirm your reservations before you depart from your home country.


TheBLISS Travel, appointed travel agency in Thailand will book and send your flight itinerary. Please send them a copy of your passport. Upon receipt of your itinerary/e-ticket, please check your name and schedule as changing flights after the ticket has been issued may incur a charge.


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

Depending on your length of stay, breakfast will be provided at your hotel.
Lunch will be provided during the Conference on 29th-30th January 2018.
Dinner on 28th January & 30th January 2018 will be provided at the hotel.
A special welcome diner will be held on 29th January, by invitation only. 

Business Hours

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


The weather in Bangkok is warm, with an average temperature of 27c in January. Whilst not within the rainy season it may still rain. Please bear in mind that the temperature inside the conference rooms may be cool.


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 coin denominations of 0.25; 0.50; 1; 5; 10. Throughout the country, US dollars are widely accepted. 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 accepted in the major hotels, department stores and restaurants.

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

Dress code

The suggested dress code for the conference is smart casual.


Thailand is a Buddhist country.  Visitors should dress respectfully when visiting temples.

Language and customs

Thai is the national language. English is increasingly spoken, but it is usually not well understood in rural areas.  Feet are considered dirty, and should not be pointed at other people, or raised in the air. The ‘Wai’, or Thai greeting, involves placing 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”.

Drinking water

Its is not advisable to drink the tap water. Bottled water is cheap and readily available. Ice in drinks at street cafes should be avoided, 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 are coming from a 110 Volts country please check before you travel if you can use your laptop.

Time zone

Bangkok GMT+7:00 hrs

Dialling Code

International Dialling Code: 66; Area Code: 02

For flight confirmations, accommodation arrangements, tours and excursions, or for any issues whilst staying in Thailand please contact :

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


Rooms have been booked at Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok, during 28th-31st January 2018. Please let us know if you wish to check in earlier or extend your 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 Central world’s 400 shops and restaurants, close to some of Asia’s most renowned 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 on the 29th and 30th January 2018, at Centara Grand at Central World, opposite the Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok. The meeting will be in Ballroom B on the 23rd Floor.

(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 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

Prof Amin Soebandrio

Chairman, CORDS

Dr. Larry Brilliant

Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics (formerly the Skoll Global Threats Fund). Former Vice President of Google. Has also worked at WHO, UNICEF and the UN.


We are grateful to our partner Fondation Merieux 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 – 9:05 Welcome Address Dr Christophe Longuet, Executive Director CORDS
Prof Amin Soebandrio, Chair 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, Chairman the Skoll Global Threats Fund
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: Dr 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, Dr Sami Sheikh Ali, MECIDS
Open discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break & Poster session

SESSION 2: Advancing One Health

Chair: Pr 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), Dr Sami Sheikh Ali, MECIDSOpen 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, SACIDS

Antimicrobial resistance in Macedonia compared with Balkan region and Europe: Results of CAESAR network, Prof Golubinka Bosevska, SECID

Strengthening regional role in EID research: APEIR experience, Prof Wiku Adisasmito, APEIR

The 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 Clark, 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