The Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Foundation or MBDS comprises six countries: Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and a growing number of development partners who all seek to reduce mortality caused by outbreak-prone diseases in the sub-region. In 2007 the Ministers of Health of the six participating countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue cooperating indefinitely.
The 2006-2007 MBDS influenza country-level and regional pandemic preparedness exercises were the first of their kind anywhere in the world. We are well connected with the other CORDS networks and are currently working with:
- The Asia Partnership and CORDs on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research and a research project aiming to improve biosecurity
- The East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network on implementing mobile phone technology to improve infectious disease surveillance and a project to improve surveillance of infections in maternal and child health.
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