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Health Surveillance and Disease Management / Communicable Diseases / Epidemic Alert and Response

PAHO Regional Program on Epidemic Alert and Response: Working to Contain Disease Outbreaks in the Americas


Mission: Provide support to PAHO Member States to further their efforts in the areas of surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and reemergings infectious diseases (EIDs) and in the area of epidemic alert and response.

Areas of Work

  • Disseminating Technical Information: Produce, select, and distribute technical and scientific information to strengthen activities of surveillance, prevention, and control of emerging infectious diseases, outbreak management, and especially West Nile Virus (WNV), Influenza (avian, pandemic, seasonal), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • Preparing to Face and Deal with Epidemics: Collaborating so that the countries might be prepared to face WNV, influenza, and SARS, as well as other emerging and reemerging diseases.
  • IHR networks
  • Regional and Subregional Networks: Promoting and maintaining the regional and subregional networks for the surveillance, prevention, and control of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EIDs) (the reports of their annual meetings are accessible via this link).
  • Promoting Activities for Alert and Response: Developing, maintaining, and promoting activities for alert and rapid response for the surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases of epidemic potential, as a result of the national capacity assessment of the country's health services.
  • Prevention and Control Programs: Implementing programs to prevent and control EIDs.
  • Resource Mobilization: Promoting and supporting the mobilization of resources, especially from the national level, as well as technical cooperation to the countries for the implementation of the revised version of the International Health Regulations (IHR [2005]) and other prevention and control activities related to potentially epidemic diseases.

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