Policy Orientation on the Establishment of Centres of Excellence for Disease Surveillance
Abstract1. Centres of Excellence for Disease Surveillance and Control [CEDSC] can be broadly defined as “a network of health facilities selected to support disease surveillance, laboratory and food and medicines regulatory services. These facilities are selected based on set criteria such as experience, outcomes, quality, efficiency and effectiveness”.1 2. The overall goal of the CEDSC will be to support ongoing efforts aimed at strengthening national core capacity in disease surveillance including international health regulations, public health laboratory services, and food and medicines regulation through enhanced collaboration and cooperation within and between Member States. 3. A significant number of Member States of the African Region have limited infrastructural and human capacities to effectively and comprehensively deal with complex health-related issues such as disease surveillance and response, laboratory investigation, and food and medicines regulation that require highly specialized technical facilities and competence.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). Policy Orientation on the Establishment of Centres of Excellence for Disease Surveillance. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1788