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Global Disease Detection: Regional Centers

Map showing locations of the Global Disease Detection Centers including Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Africa and Thailand.

A central focus of GDD is the establishment and expansion of GDD Centers, particularly in resource-constrained locations. CDC operates GDD Centers in 1) Bangladesh, 2) Central America (Guatemala), 3) Central Asia (Kazakhstan), 4) China, 5) Egypt, 6) India, 7) Kenya, 8) South Africa, 9) the South Caucasus (Georgia), and 10) Thailand.

Global Disease Detection Centers are located in all WHO regions. Together with partners, Centers work directly with ministries of health to identify, control and combat priority infectious diseases. GDD Center locations are selected in consultation with invited countries, internal experts, WHO, and national and international partners, and based on:

  • Public health significance: The country has a high population density or history of infectious diseases or expected potential for emerging diseases;
  • Country commitment: The country supports and values partnership with CDC and will actively engage in collaborative activities and identify new partners;
  • Established CDC presence: The country has an established, effective working relationship with CDC and supports CDC staff in-country;
  • Established regional reach: The country has the infrastructure and regional stature to serve as regional resource, or is already acting as a regional leader in other arenas;
  • International partner presence: The country has other U.S. Government agencies and international partners operating in-country.

GDD Center Programmatic Support: GDD Centers include 6 core programs: 1) emerging infectious disease detection and response, 2) training in field epidemiology and laboratory methods, 3) pandemic influenza preparedness and response, 4) zoonotic disease detection and response at the animal-human interface, 5) emergency preparedness and risk communication, and 6) laboratory systems strengthening. The GDD platform enables additional CDC programs to provide technical support and scientific collaboration at the request of the partner country as well.

Future Direction:

  • Continue to develop core public health capacities in all GDD Centers
  • Increase coordinated multicenter scientific collaboration across GDD Centers to strengthen the global network
  • Increase number of public health professionals trained by GDD programs
  • Broaden and strengthen global partnerships
  • Reduce gaps and build capacity in global preparedness for emerging health threats
  • Page last reviewed: June 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: June 9, 2015
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