Initiative to estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases
Partnerships and Collaboration
International partnerships have been forged and continue to expand. To date they include institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the governments of the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Ireland, Sri Lanka, among others.
Collaboration with external experts from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions (such as scientists from the recently established Health Metrics and Evaluation Institute, HMEI) are being intensified to ensure scientific synergy. Moreover, FERG capitalizes on WHO's wide collaboration with numerous surveillance networks, including GFN, PulseNet, US FoodNet, Enternet, the International Collaboration on Enteric Burden of Illness Studies, among others.
Close interactions with other external stakeholders have been established and fostered during annual events since the Initiative's inception. These stakeholder events are attended by WHO Member States, bi- and multilateral donors, foundations, agricultural and food industry, consumer groups, NGOs, academia as well as scientific and public media and have each time shown how important dialogue is with our stakeholder community. Further engagement will be fostered and expanded as the Initiative enters the country studies phase. More information on the stakeholder events and other FERG meetings can be found here.