Strategies for disease-specific programmes 2010–2013

Strategy

This document sets out the strategic priorities for all six ECDC disease-specific programmes from 2010 to 2013 based on a short description of the epidemiological
background, context in which ECDC works on that specific disease or disease group, and defined gaps that require action at the European Union (EU) level.

Executive summary

Based on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC’s) strategic multi-annual programme (SMP), from 2010 on ECDC will shift its focus from building up the core public health functions (surveillance, scientific advice, preparedness and response, health communication) to disease-specific work.

Over the past several years, ECDC has started building up the basic tools for this task through intensified scientific work, building up specific databases, networks and methodologies. However, as the SMP sets only general objectives for all the disease-specific programmes (DSP), there has been no clarity on the specific long-term objectives of each of these DSPs. This is further complicated in that these six programmes are different; they cover a diverse number of infectious diseases (from tuberculosis to more than 20 in food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses) and they are in the different stages of development.

Therefore, to further facilitate the development of each of these DSPs in the coming years, DSP coordinators and their teams have worked intensively to develop their long term vision; specifically, where they want to be with their specific programmes by the end of 2013. This process has been facilitated by a small, internal steering group helping the different programmes to find a common, acceptable level of detail for strategy.

This document sets out the strategic priorities for all six ECDC DSPs from 2010 to 2013 based on a short description of the epidemiological background, context in which ECDC works on that specific disease or disease group, and defined gaps that require action at the European Union (EU) level.

The following is a list of the DSPs:

  1. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAI);
  2. Emerging and vectorborne diseases (EVD);
  3. Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (FWD);
  4. Respiratory tract infections (influenza, legionella, and tuberculosis);
  5. Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other blood borne viruses; and
  6. Vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).

All strategic multi-annual programmes

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ECDC strategic multi-annual programme 2014–2020

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ECDC strategic multi-annual programme 2007–2013

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