About the project

Project summary

UNITED4Surveillance is an EU4Health Joint Action with 40 partners from all across Europe. The Joint Action started in January 2023 and will run until 31 December 2025. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is coordinating this project.

Working team project summary

The global crisis generated by the COVID-19 outbreak has revealed an urgent need for improvement in public health preparedness and pandemic response at the European level. UNITED4Surveillance will contribute to implementation of the new Health Security framework under the EU regulation on serious cross-border threats to health (2022/2371). This Joint Action will also support implementation of the long-term strategic framework for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in 2022–2025. The focus will be on integrating existing and new data sources for more comprehensive EU/EEA infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control. In doing so, UNITED4Surveillance will contribute to surveillance capacity-building within Europe and beyond, working to improve global health security.

Our general objective is to strengthen infectious disease surveillance systems at the national level, with improvement of integration, interoperability and digitalization of data sources. We focus on outbreak detection/laboratory-based reporting, hospital surveillance, and One Health surveillance.

UNITED4Surveillance will propose a Roadmap to implementation of integrated surveillance at member state and Union level which will

  • contain gaps and needs analysis;
  • integrate (inter)national polices;
  • identify and pilot promising approaches;
  • disseminate best practices;
  • share experiences and knowledge through capacity building.

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