Global Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response System

The aim of the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS) Division at the AFHSC is to contribute to the protection of all Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare beneficiaries and the global community through an integrated worldwide emerging infectious disease surveillance system. GEIS was created in 1997 in response to Presidential Decision Directive NSTC-7 to provide a mechanism within the DoD to centralize coordination of surveillance efforts conducted through DoD overseas medical research and development laboratories. Efforts ultimately support and strengthen surveillance among deployed US military personnel and aid in diagnosis and treatment at military treatment facilities. Additionally, all host country partner activities are directed toward improvement of each country's diagnostic and reporting requirements in accordance with World Health Organization's International Health Regulations (2005) core capacities.

The integrated emerging infectious disease system supported by GEIS is guided by four strategic goals:
  1. Conduct surveillance and outbreak response activities,
  2. Expand surveillance and epidemiology training and capacity building within the US military and in partner nations,
  3. Support research, innovation and integration initiatives that emphasize an eventual product that will enhance force health protection such as drug and diagnostic tool development, and
  4. Assessment and communication of value added by the network.
Click each tab to learn more about the surveillance priorities directed by the GEIS strategic goals:
Respiratory infections Febrile and vector-borne infections Gastrointestinal infections
Antimicrobial resistant
Sexually-transmitted infections Capacity building and biosurveillance systems
To learn more about GEIS and past activities, visit our archived GEIS Annual Reports.

Partner Locations:

AFHSC-GEIS provides direction, funding and oversight to a network of over 35 partners based in all regions of the world. Working in conjunction with their host nations, these partners conduct disease surveillance and rapid outbreak response, encourage research and innovation, and build capacity. Click on a zone to learn more about the partners in the region.

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