Union and National Capacity Building 4 IntegraTED Surveillance
UNITED4Surveillance is an EU4Health project with over 40 partners from all across Europe. The Joint Action started in January 2023 and will run until 31 December 2025. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is coordinating this project.
The global crisis generated by the COVID-19 outbreak has revealed an urgent need for improvement in public health preparedness and pandemic response at the European level. UNITED4Surveillance will contribute to implementation of the new Health Security framework under the EU regulation on serious cross-border threats to health (2022/2371). This Joint Action will also support implementation of the long-term strategic framework for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in 2022–2025. The focus will be on integrating existing and new data sources for more comprehensive EU/EEA infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control. In doing so, UNITED4Surveillance will contribute to surveillance capacity-building within Europe and beyond, working to improve global health security.
Our general objective is to promote the integration of surveillance systems at the EU level by supporting improvements in national surveillance systems. This will be achieved by defining guidelines for integrating different sources of electronic health data and digital registers/databases. UNITED4Surveillance will propose a Roadmap to implement integrated surveillance at the European Member State and Union level which will 1) analyse gaps and needs, 2) integrate national and international policies, 3) identify promising approaches and conduct pilots, 4) disseminate best practices and 5) share experiences and knowledge through capacity-building.
Representing 25 countries (and 41 institutes) in Europe, UNITED4Surveillance gathers expertise in public health, (clinical) microbiology, epidemiology and data science. Its efforts extend across the domains of public health, animal health and environmental health, thus creating a strong network of integrated surveillance for infectious disease prevention and control.
Role of RIVM
RIVM’s Centre for Infectious Disease Control is coordinating this Joint Action. We are contributing to multiple work packages as WP leader (WP4 One Health and WP6 Dissemination), task leader (WP2 Outbreak detection) and active participating partner (WP3 Hospital surveillance, WP5 Evaluation and WP7 Sustainability). Project coordination by Dr Eelco Franz and Nika Ritsema.
United4Surveillance is funded under EU4Health Programme (EU4H), project ID 101102070.