The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). ProMED was launched in 1994 as an Internet service to identify unusual health events related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and toxins affecting humans, animals and plants. ProMED is the largest publicly-available system conducting global reporting of infectious diseases outbreaks. It is used daily by international public health leaders, government officials at all levels, physicians, veterinarians and other healthcare workers, researchers, private companies, journalists and the general public. Reports are produced and commentary provided by a multidisciplinary global team of subject matter expert (SME) moderators in a variety of fields including virology, parasitology, epidemiology, entomology, veterinary and plant diseases. ProMED operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has nearly 80,000 subscribers, representing almost every country in the world.
ProMED staff, moderators, and team are located across 32 countries and are constantly scanning for, reviewing and posting information related to global health security. Over the last 25 years, ProMED has been the first to report on numerous major and minor disease outbreaks including SARS, MERS, Ebola, the early spread of Zika and many others. ProMED is an important and longstanding contributor to the global emerging and re-emerging infectious disease surveillance landscape.
ProMED is an essential source of information for clinicians and laboratorians around the globe, providing timely reporting of important emerging pathogens and their vectors. ProMED manages a vast network of SMEs, senior in expertise, in various disciplines, dedicated to One-Health surveillance. With this network, ProMED has established surge capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), often the focal point of outbreaks likely to occur, enabling ISID/ProMED to be agile in response and vigilance in terms of outbreaks or new pandemic threats. ProMED’s team has considerable experience working in various geographic areas located within the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.