Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response activities at CDC 2012
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Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response activities at CDC 2012

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      Global disease detection and emergency response has always been a core public health activity for CDC, ensuring the public health security of Americans and others around the world. Over the past year, the agency continued to formalize this by centralizing activities in the Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response (DGDDER) that now span all facets of global health security. Our founding Global Disease Detection Program (GDD), was established in 2004 to promote global health security by building capacity to rapidly detect and contain emerging health threats. In the last eight years, the GDD Program has grown by establishing seven GDD Regional Centers and three GDD Regional Centers under development. With the formation of CDC's Center for Global Health in 2010, DGDDER was established not just to include GDD but also International Emergency and Refugee Health, Global Health Security, and Health Systems Reconstruction programs. This structure has led to increased collaborations among the programs as well as an increased network of partnerships throughout CDC. In 2011, CDC coordinated and contributed to several high-profile and important responses including cholera in Haiti, famine in the Horn of Africa, and outbreaks of typhoid, Ebola, and dengue fever. In addition, CDC programs worked together to build host country capacity for global health security and the International Health Regulations (IHR), including developing surveillance and epidemiologic systems, strengthening laboratories, and increasing public health workforce overseas. The GDD Regional Centers have also continued to provide key field support and leadership for global disease threat and response, as highlighted by the 2011 monitoring and evaluation data in this report. These events and outbreaks of 2011 reminded us that emerging health threats and humanitarian emergencies remain a complicated reality, yet they also highlight the value of our robust network of partners, which is essential for building capacity and rapidly responding to events. As the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Implementation of IHR National Surveillance and Response Capacity, and through ongoing work with our host country partners, we are making important progress towards building health security globally. In coordination with WHO, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and others, CDC is strategically placing scientific expertise and resources in each of the WHO regions to build and strengthen national public health core capacities in host countries and throughout the region. Increased collaboration between CDC programs and global partner networks has meant that our efforts in 2011 were stronger and more meaningful than ever.

      August 2012.


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