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EID Networks, LAC

Surveillance Networks for
Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in
Latin America and the Caribbean

PAHO is currently involved in the development of three subregional networks for the epidemiological and laboratory-based surveillance of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. These efforts began with the establishment of the Surveillance Networks for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases in the Southern Cone and Amazon Region in 1998, and the Central American Network for the Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Diseases (RECACER) in 2001. Network achievements are presented below.
Common network objectives entail (1) formalizing and strengthening cooperative work among the countries by creating functional subregional networks of laboratories and epidemiological services in order to obtain accurate laboratory results for effective interventions; and (2) monitoring, preventing, and controlling emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.

Amazon Region: The Surveillance Network for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases in the Amazon Region, established in 1998, is a dynamic forum for the exchange of information, cooperation among participating countries in capacity-training, resource-sharing, and quality-control mechanisms.

Participating are experts in epidemiological surveillance and laboratory diagnosis from various public health institutions in

Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Ecuador
Guyana
Peru
Suriname
Venezuela

Annual Meeting Reports
  2003   |  2001   |   2000   |  
  1999   |   1998

Central America: The Central American Network for the Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (RECACER) functions within the political framework of the Central American Economic and Social System (SICA). It is a dynamic forum for the management of surveillance and disease control standards and/or protocols, the preparation of plans of action, and the exchange of information among the participating countries in order to coordinate activities for the prevention and control of epidemics.

Participating Countries

Belize
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama
Haiti

More on RECACER

Summary Meeting Reports
  Panama, April 2003
  Costa Rica, Feb. 2002, 5 pp:
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  El Salvador, May 2001, 7 pp:
    Word (89 KB)   |   PDF (238 KB)

Southern Cone: The Surveillance Network for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases in the Southern Cone Region, established in 1998, is a dynamic forum for the exchange of information, cooperation among participating countries in capacity-training, resource-sharing, and quality-control mechanisms.

Participating are experts in epidemiological surveillance and laboratory diagnosis from various public health institutions in

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Paraguay
Uruguay

Annual Meeting Reports
  2003  |   2002   |   2001   |  
  2000   |   1999   |   1998