About ISID

Infectious diseases are a global concern.  Epidemics of influenza, Ebola and cholera impose significant burdens on economies and public health particularly in regions such as Africa where infectious diseases are still a leading cause of death.

Whilst it is encouraging that the WHO estimates that the overall number of deaths due to infectious diseases fell from 12.1 million to 9.5 million between 2000 and 2012, the younger age at which deaths occur than deaths due to other causes; multiple socioeconomic, environmental and ecological factors; emerging infectious diseases, 75% of which are zoonotic in origin; and antimicrobial resistance mean that infectious diseases continue to pose a global threat. 

At the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) our mission is to support health professionals, non-government organizations, and governments around the world in their work to prevent, investigate and manage infectious disease outbreaks when they occur, particularly in countries that have limited resources and which disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.

ISID recognizes:

  • The intersection of infectious diseases in humans, animals and plants.
  • That infectious diseases cross all national and regional boundaries.
  • That effective long-term solutions require international scientific exchange and cooperation.

The Society is dedicated to developing partnerships and to finding solutions to the problems of infectious diseases across the globe and encourages the collaborative efforts of human health, veterinary health, and environmental health communities working locally, nationally, and globally for best control and management of infectious diseases.

Our goals are to:

  • Improve global pandemic/epidemic preparedness following the One Health concept.
  • Build a global infectious diseases community.
  • Deliver high-quality, globally relevant education.
  • Facilitate the implementation of practical solutions to the challenges associated with outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • Increase the impact of research developed in low and low-middle income countries in the regions where is has been developed.
  • Build infectious diseases capacity in low and low-middle income countries.
  • Stimulate science for the global good.

The Society is a non-profit, apolitical and transparent organization open to all individuals interested in infectious diseases. Email info@isid.org to request a copy of ISID’s strategic plan. 


The International Society for Infectious Diseases was created in 1986 by a merger between the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) and The International Federation on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (IFIPD).

The ICID had been established in 1983 as a scientific assembly for the exchange of research and clinical information in infectious diseases open to any interested individual. An ad-hoc Executive Committee for the ICID initiated discussions with the IFIPD that culminated in the 1986 merger of these two organizations. The 1st ICID organized by the newly created Society was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1988.

The Society has over 90,000 members from over 155 countries around the world.