The goal of the Unit of Communicable Diseases is to strengthen national capabilities to implement effective preventive, therapeutic and control programs which are technically feasible, economically viable, and socially acceptable. The Unit of Communicable Diseases promotes the development of the infrastructure of clinical and laboratory field operations including epidemiological analysis, surveillance systems, vector biology, control activities and operational research to reduce the burden caused by communicable diseases in the Region.
Strategies and Lines of Action
Efforts are undertaken to promote and support the collaboration/cooperation among governmental, non-govermental, national, international, and other development agencies to mobilize resources for the prevention and control of communicable diseases. HCT has cooperated with different partners to strengthen national infrastructure for disease control.
Training activities are promoted and supported for the development of human resources at national and local levels for the establishment of a Regional network, aimed at disease prevention and control. Emphasis is placed on epidemiological analysis and development of political and technical interventions for prevention and control of communicable diseases. Training is carried out for clinical case management, program management at the local level and use of standard guidelines for prevention and control activities.
Disemination of Information
The production, collection, analysis of information and development of basic guidelines, which are relevant to the distribution, determinants and control of communicable diseases are supported.
Promotion of Research
HCT promotes and coordinates research directed to obtaining information on the status and trends of relevant diseases and their determinants throughout the Region. Priority is given to support operational research to evaluate products, strategies and procedures for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of communicable diseases.
Policies, Plans and Norms
Technical cooperation is directed to reach international norms for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of National and Regional policies and planning programs for the prevention, control and elimination of communicable diseases.
Direct Technical Cooperation
Collaboration with national counterparts in the development, implementation and management of control/elimination programs at different levels.