Global Disease Detection Program: Egypt
For over 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has worked with public health institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In 2006, this collaboration broadened through the establishment of a Global Disease Detection (GDD) Center in Cairo, Egypt.
GDD supports efforts to protect the public’s health by developing and strengthening the ability of countries in the MENA region to rapidly detect and respond to disease outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases. GDD brings together CDC-wide expertise to support capacity-building activities and training in epidemiology; surveillance; laboratory diagnostics; data management and reporting; infection control; and outbreak investigations.
The GDD Center in Egypt helps contain outbreaks close to the source by building up local resources, drawing on combined expertise in:
- Emerging infectious disease detection and response
- Field epidemiology and laboratory training
- Pandemic influenza preparedness and response
- Zoonotic disease research and control
CDC works in conjunction with regional country governments, World Health Organization (WHO), local partners, and other U.S. government agencies to reduce the impact of emerging diseases, build capacity in areas such as laboratory systems and epidemiology, strengthen immunization services, respond to public health emergencies, and conduct surveillance, surveys, and studies. Together, partners provide vital technical assistance to detect and respond to major public health challenges, including H5N1, dengue, Rift Valley Fever, and hemorrhagic illness.
Making an Impact
From 2007-2016, the GDD Center in Egypt supported
- Effective response to over 132 outbreaks at the invitation of affected countries
- Systematic surveillance for select conditions and diseases reportable within days, and sometimes hours, of the occurrence
- Detection and identification of 12 novel strains and pathogens new to the region or world
- Establishment of newly available in-country laboratory diagnostic testing capacity for 73 pathogens
- Graduation of over 88 future national health leaders through the two-year Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
- Training of over 9,300 Egyptian nationals and 5,500 Ministry of Health and Population staff in surveillance and laboratory diagnostics since 2009