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Vision for the Future
This document defines CDC’s global infectious disease priorities in six areas, keeping in mind the intimate relationship between international and U.S. health, selected in consultation with global public health partners. In looking towards the future, CDC envisions increased activity and progress in each area:

1. International Outbreak Assistance.
CDC will maintain the capacity to identify and investigate a broad spectrum of human diseases and serve as an internationally recognized resource that helps maintain global awareness of new and emerging threats.

2. A Global Approach to Disease Surveillance.
Regional and disease-specific surveillance and response networks will increase in number and geographical area until they cover all parts of the world and monitor all infectious diseases of regional or global importance. The networks will link up with each other and evolve into a global “network of networks” that provides early warning of new health threats—including drug-resistant diseases—and increased capacity to monitor the effectiveness of public health control measures.

3. Applied Research on Diseases of Global Importance.
CDC’s laboratorians, epidemiologists, and behavioral scientists will maintain an active research program to develop tools to detect, diagnose, predict, and eliminate infectious diseases of global or regional importance. When a new disease threat is reported anywhere in the world, CDC’s laboratorians and field investigators will be available to help answer questions about disease transmission, treatment, control, and prevention.

4. Application of Proven Public Health Tools.
The worldwide burden of infectious diseases will be significantly reduced as currently available tools with documented efficacy are rapidly disseminated to the most severely affected populations. Research discoveries will be translated into practical treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and disease prevention strategies that are ready for use by ministries of health and public health agencies. CDC’s resources will be effectively marshaled to assist its partners in applying these tools in many countries, saving millions of lives.

5. Global Initiatives for Disease Control.
Sustained global efforts will reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in young people by 25% and reduce deaths from TB and malaria by 50% by 2010. Infant mortality will be reduced in the poorest countries through enhanced delivery and use of vaccines against respiratory illnesses and other childhood diseases. Polio and dracunculiasis will be eradicated worldwide, paving the way for future efforts to eliminate such diseases as measles, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerchiasis, Chagas disease, trachoma, rubella, and hepatitis B.

6. Public Health Training and Capacity Building.
An interconnected group of International Emerging Infectious Disease Programs (IEIPs) will integrate disease surveillance, laboratory studies, and prevention activities, and provide hands-on public health training in disease detection, program management, and outbreak investigation. The IEIP sites will partner with Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) and other institutions to perform population-based research on transmission of endemic and emerging diseases and conduct emergency surveillance whenever a new threat appears. The long term goal of the IEIPs will be to develop sustainable, in-country human capacity to participate in national and regional efforts for disease surveillance and outbreak response.

Implementation of specific objectives in these six areas will help realize CDC’s vision of a world in which U.S. citizens and all people everywhere are better protected from infectious diseases.

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Booklet Contents
item Contributors
item Table of Contents
item Preface
item Executive Summary
item Introduction
item International Cooperation To Combat Infectious Diseases
item U.S. Investment in Global Public Health
item Protecting the health of U.S. citizens at home and abroad
item Furthering U.S. humanitarian efforts
item Providing economic and diplomatic benefits
item Enhancing security
item CDC's Role in Promoting Global Public Health
item An evolving mission
item Vision for the Future
item Partnerships and Implementation
item Priorities and Objectives
1. International Outbreak Assistance
item Objectives
2. A Global Approach to Disease Surveillance
item Objectives
3. Applied Research on Diseases of Global Importance
item Objectives
4. Application of Proven Public Health Tools
item Objectives
5. Global Initiatives for Disease Control
item Objectives
6. Public Health Training and Capacity Building
item Objectives
item List of Boxes
item Acronyms
item Appendix A
item Appendix B
item Appendix C
item Appendix D
item Appendix E
item Acknowledgments
item References

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