CORDS InterNetwork Project

Event-based surveillance (EBS) is a key component of early warning and response systems for the prevention and control of disease outbreaks, particularly infectious diseases. Supported by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation and in collaboration with Ending Pandemics, the six CORDS member networks have started to assess EBS systems and practices in their regions, with a focus on cross border sites and digital health data collection. The overall objective is to enable the real-time detection of, and respond to, One Health priorities, in order to strengthen health and security amongst local communities in cross-border areas.

The project has a mixed method design. Quantitative approaches include a descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire and qualitative approaches include structured interviews with key stakeholders, document reviews, site visits, secondary data analysis and observations of EBS systems and practices.Of the 28 CORDS member network countries, 14 are included in the assessment – Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian territories, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. There are 53 cross border sites. A standardised assessment tool has been developed in web and paper-based formats to include quantitative and qualitative indicators assessing national, crossborder and community levels. Data is currently being collected. For further information please contact Marlo Libel