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Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance Capacity Development 2005 annual report
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    The Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance Capacity Development (DESCD) 2005 Annual Report is the division’s first annual report, one that reflects the many changes that DESCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) global health programs have undertaken in recent years. The year 2005 marks in many ways a new beginning for DESCD, as we have undergone several key transformations. First, we changed our name from the Division of International Health to the Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance Capacity Development, to more accurately describe our various activities. We also moved organizationally out of the Epidemiology Program Office into CDC’s Coordinating Office for Global Health (COGH). This move allows us to work more closely and efficiently with COGH’s many key constituents and partners, and to align ourselves more with CDC’s global health goals. Finally, DESCD saw a transfer of leadership when I became Director of the division in October 2005. We are excited about these changes as they will allow us to become even better at what we do, namely strengthen the capacity of countries around the world to improve their public health by helping them build long-term applied public health training programs uniquely tailored to their needs. Through our Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), which are modeled after CDC’s famous Epidemic Intelligence Service (CDC’s “disease detectives”), we help Ministries of Health (MOHs) around the world build strong, effective, sustainable programs and capacity to improve public health systems locally, regionally, and nationally, with the ultimate goal of improving global health. But FETPs constitute only part of our many activities. We are also involved in broad- scope projects, such as the Central Asia Regional Program, a large collaborative effort in partnership with the Department of State and the Department of Defense. In addition, we are involved in specific targeted research and surveillance activities in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe, as well as cross-cutting projects with other CDC programs and offices, centering on activities ranging from Avian Influenza to the Global Surveillance Project and the Micronutrients Project. Through these various projects, DESCD has been actively engaged in over 20 programs in countries such as Brazil, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and South Sudan, to name a few.
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