Study develops sustainable disease surveillance model

A newly published study examined a research team's efforts to increase disease surveillance in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainability.

The report, "Sustainability of Sub-Regional Disease Surveillance Networks," was recently published in the journal Global Health Governance. Its authors said that the rapid globalization of trade and travels has increased the need to detect, prevent and control infectious diseases cooperatively between nations, according to

Dr. David Dausey, the chair of the Mercyhurst University Public Health Department, and eight co-authors from six different countries used the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network as their starting point. They developed a model, using the MBDS as an example, which they hope can be used to increase the sustainability of other surveillance networks.

The Mekong Basin area is considered a center for emerging infectious diseases. More than a decade ago, six countries in the area developed the MBDS in order to facilitate cooperation in fighting diseases that have the potential to significantly impact public health, reports.

The MBDS is considered to be one of the longest-standing examples of a self-organized, sub-regional disease surveillance network. The authors admit that a sub-regional network is distinct from regional or global surveillance, but see its development as critical because cooperation is organized by member countries to directly address shared priorities.