Global Early Warning System for Major Animal Diseases, including Zoonoses (GLEWS)
Early warning of outbreaks of animal diseases and the capacity for prediction of spread of such diseases to new areas is essential for containment and control. Lessons learnt show the key importance of rapid communication and the need for improved collaboration between the involved agencies. Since many infectious diseases are zoonotic it is clear that information of zoonotic disease occurrence in animals is important also to public health officials. This is the reason that WHO, FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) developed GLEWS, the Global Early Warning and Response System for Major Animal Diseases, including Zoonoses.
GLEWS builds on the added value of combining information from each organization so that outbreaks can be detected earlier and the coordination of response will be improved. It aims to provide national animal health authorities with epidemiological information enhanced by an in-depth analysis on the occurrence and spread of major diseases. The programme will further stimulate countries to notify the occurrence of animal diseases, including zoonoses, more rapidly and transparently. More information...
Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
Earlier WHO and partners started the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network (GOARN) with the aim to combating the international spread of outbreaks among humans, ensuring that appropriate technical assistance reaches affected states rapidly and contributing to long-term epidemic preparedness and capacity building.