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Global Disease Detection Program: India

Collecting a water supply sample from a house during an acute gastroenteritis outbreak investigation.

Collecting a water supply sample from a house during an acute gastroenteritis outbreak investigation.

In 2009, the India Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Center was established to build capacity with local and regional public health entities to detect and respond to disease outbreaks. The Center works to strengthen surveillance networks and public health laboratory systems, provide technical assistance to improve outbreak response, and detect emerging zoonotic disease threats.

GDD partners with the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to respond to public health threats, including disaster response and outbreak investigations for new and merging diseases.

The GDD Center in India 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

In collaboration with India’s National Centre for Disease Control, CDC India established and is expanding the India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) which has increased local and regional capacity to better detect, identify, and contain threats to public health. Through the India EIS Program, GDD India participates in non-communicable disease projects like studying road traffic accidents, measuring the air quality index, and assessing acute cardiac and respiratory illness.

Making a Regional Impact

Conducting an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak investigation.

Conducting an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak investigation.

From 2009-2016, the GDD Center in India supported:

  • Effective response to 91 outbreaks, including Hepatitis A, dengue, measles, avian flu, anthrax, cholera, and malaria
  • Training of over 4,017 public health officials in short-term public health exercises
  • Graduation of 24 future global health leaders as part of the two-year India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program, with plans to train 100 future officers per year
  • Conducted a three-month Frontline epidemiology training for all 50 districts of the state of Rajasthan, with plans to expand to 100 districts throughout India per year.
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