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The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance: A One Health Consortium

By Mark M. Rweyemamu, Peter Mmbuji, Esron Karimuribo, Janusz Paweska, Dominic Kambarage, Luis Neves, Jean-Marie Kayembe, Aaron Mweene, Mecky Matee

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Formed in 2008, the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) is a One Health consortium of academic and research institutions involved with infectious diseases of humans and animals. Operating in partnership with world-renowned centres of research in industrialised countries, its mission is to harness innovations in science and technology for improving southern Africa's capacity to detect, identify, monitor (DIM) and manage the risk posed by infectious diseases of humans, animals, and ecosystems. The consortium's major capacity development activities include a series of One Health-based Master of Science (MSc) courses and a five-year DIM-driven research program. Additionally, SACIDS organized Africa's first One Health conference, in July 2011. This paper describes these and other major activities that SACIDS has undertaken to improve infectious disease surveillance across southern Africa. The paper also describes the role and collaboration of SACIDS with other national, regional and international consortia/networks that share a vision and interest in promoting novel approaches to infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response.


Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Publication Title Emerging Health Threats
Publisher US National Library of Medicine
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Diseases
  4. Health
  5. Human-animal interactions
  6. Infection control
  7. Infectious diseases
  8. One Health
  9. South Africa
  10. Veterinary medicine
  11. Zoonoses