Disease Programmes Unit
The Disease Programmes Unit provides disease-specific support to EU Member States, EEA countries, the European Commission and other partners, thus strengthening EU level and national disease specific prevention and control programmes and initiatives. Through the disease networks, the Unit maintains a close link and an intensive dialogue with the national authorities and public health institutes in the countries, in coordination with the European Commission and WHO Europe. The majority of ECDC’s outputs comes from this Unit, guided and supported by the Scientific Methods and Standards and Public Health Functions Units.
The Unit validates, analyses, and interprets surveillance data, assesses and communicates the results in order to provide evidence for policy-making and action at EU and country level, and improves surveillance systems for the respective diseases in collaboration with external partners (WHO and other EU or UN agencies). Furthermore, by providing scientific advice and tailored country support, it supports Member States in their efforts to reach related EU and Global Action Plans and UN Sustainable Development Goal targets. Disease network meetings for the specific diseases are held regularly for information and good practice exchange.
The Unit is divided into two sections:
- One section focuses on air-borne, blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections and includes the following Disease Programmes (DPs):
- The DP on STI, blood-borne viruses and TB
- The DP on VPD and Immunisation
- The DP on Coronavirus and Influenza
- The other section focuses on diseases related to the One Health concept and includes antimicrobial resistance, healthcare-associated infections as well as emerging, and food- and vector-borne diseases. It includes the following two DPs:
- The DP on AMR and Healthcare-associated Infections
- The DP on Emerging, Food- and Vector-Borne Diseases