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ProMED - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases - is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed. Electronic communications enable ProMED to provide up-to-date and reliable news about threats to human, animal, and food plant health around the world, seven days a week.
By providing early warning of outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging diseases, public health precautions at all levels can be taken in a timely manner to prevent epidemic transmission and to save lives.
ProMED is open to all sources and free of political constraints. Sources of information include media reports, official reports, online summaries, local observers, and others. Reports are often contributed by ProMED subscribers. A team of expert human, plant, and animal disease moderators screen, review, and investigate reports before posting to the network. Reports are distributed by email to direct subscribers and posted immediately on the ProMED web site. ProMED currently reaches over 70,000 subscribers in at least 185 countries.
A central purpose of ProMED is to promote communication amongst the international infectious disease community, including scientists, physicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals, and others interested in infectious diseases on a global scale. ProMED encourages subscribers to participate in discussions on infectious disease concerns, to respond to requests for information, and to collaborate together in outbreak investigations and prevention efforts. ProMED also welcomes the participation of interested persons outside of the health and biomedical professions.
ProMED-mail was established in 1994 with the support of the Federation of American Scientists and SATELLIFE. Since October 1999, ProMED has operated as an official program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), a nonprofit professional organization with 60,000 members worldwide.
ProMED is also available in several languages and as regional networks:
• ProMED-PORT (Portuguese language posts focusing on Latin America)
• ProMED-ESP (Spanish language posts focusing on Latin America)
• ProMED-RUS (Russian language reports focusing on the independent states of the former Soviet Union)
• PROMED-MBDS (English language posts focusing on the Mekong Basin region of Southeast Asia)
• ProMED-FRA (French language posts focusing on Francophone Africa)
• ProMED-EAFR (English language posts focusing on Anglophone Africa)
• ProMED-MENA (English language posts focusing on the Middle East)
• ProMED-SoAs (English language posts focusing on South Asia)
ProMED and ISID are grateful to the Wellcome Trust, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Google.org, the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Oracle Corporation, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and many individual donors for financial support. Please consider a donation by clicking on the Donations link on the left.
ProMED collaborates closely with HealthMap at Children's Hospital Boston. We also gratefully acknowledge HealthMap for providing website and hosting services to ProMED.