Health emergencies such as infectious diseases are a global concern. They cause human suffering, limit economies and put strain on public health resources. We want to address these issues by establishing collaborative partnerships around the globe to further understanding, to develop innovative new technologies, to learn from best practices and to raise awareness.
Emerging infectious diseases, of which 75% originate in animal populations and cross the animal-human species barrier, require constant surveillance. Together all of us can make a difference and make life better.
The World Infectious Disease Monitoring Organization (WoIDMo) is an NGO, established in 2020, that brings together a network of individuals from around the world. Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of monitoring infectious diseases globally and how they affect us. One of the important aspects of our foundation is to function as an early warning system for emerging diseases. We also support development of better diagnostics and enable fast delivery of diagnostics where needed, especially where resource-limited countries are involved. For this we work together with other NGO’s that have boots on the ground. To further our understanding of infectious diseases and how to deal with them, we aim to support researchers working on projects relevant to our goals.
WoIdMo has a council of not more than 50 members, each serving a 3 year term. The council is organized by geographical region, to ensure equal representation from all areas. Any member may submit their name, CV and statement of interest to be considered. The council serves as a consulting body and guides the organization. Individual members are responsible for:
- Promoting the foundation
- Supporting the implementation of the foundation’s goals.
- Representing the foundation at scientific meetings.
- Reviewing grant applications.
- Establishing and maintaining contact with possible sources of funding for the work of the foundation.
Committees can be formed for specific activities and to better support the goals of the foundation. These committees will report to the council.
The Executive Director is responsible for day-to-day running of the foundation.
The Treasurer and Secretary assists the Executive Director.
The Executive Committee serves as the legislative body of the foundation. Members of the Executive Committee are, per Dutch law, forbidden to receive salaries from the foundation.