Middle East Consortium Infectious Disease (MECIDS) - One Health Commission

Middle East Consortium Infectious Disease (MECIDS)

Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease

Surveillance (MECIDS)


Cooperation for Effective Disease Surveillance in a Region of Ongoing





MECIDS unites public health officials of differing Middle Eastern nationalities

and contributes to regional health and stability by engaging in regular crossborder

information exchange, conducting regular executive board meetings,

performing laboratory and risk communication training, and implementing

innovative communication technology. Initially focused on food- and

waterborne diseases, the MECIDS partnership developed a network of

laboratories, protocols for specimen collection and diagnosis of diarrheal

diseases, and data sharing and notification cap- abilities to analyze and share

information on disease threats. Through these efforts, MECIDS has played an

instrumental role in detecting significant outbreaks of mumps and salmonella.

Priority diseases in the region now include influenza, leishmaniasis, mumps,

salmonella, and shigella.




The focus of MECIDS is the improvement of national and regional

infrastructure to detect and control infectious disease, especially through

improved disease surveillance. The vision of MECDIS is to promote long-term

health, stability, and security in the region.


Scope Regional - Middle East, including Jodan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.


Primary Funders


Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)


Participants & Key Collaborators


Al Quds University, Cooperative Mentoring Center in Amman (Jordan),

European Programme on Intervention Epidemiology Training, Ministry of

Health (Israel), Ministry of Health (Jordan), Ministry of Health (Palestinian

Authority), Sandia National Laboratories, Search for Common Ground, Tel

Aviv University, NTI's Global Health and Security Initiative, World Health



Definition of One Health


None. MECIDS recognizes that the common threat of emerging infectious

disease serves as an opportunity to bridge political disputes and focus on

humanitarian and health matters for the common good of all partner countries.


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy




Sources of Information


Website: http://www.ghsi.org/projects/mecids.html

Website: http://www.mecidsnetwork.org

Contact Sari Husseini

Project Manager/Country Coordinator

Search for Common Ground in the Middle East


+972 (0) 2-581-2049


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