Non-Communicable Diseases

The aim of working on non-communicable diseases is to address the challenges that impede the control of their spread and to contribute to improving health by reducing their prevalence among population at risk within Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).

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Ajloun NCD Project

The Ajloun Non-Communicable (NCD) Project is a  collaborative initiative implemented by The Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

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NCD  Surveillance Workshop

While countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region have made important global and regional commitments to strengthening surveillance for non-communicable diseases (NCDs)…

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Building of Roster of Experts for Polio Outbreak Investigation & Response Capacity – Apply now


Communicable diseases remain a significant burden in EMR. Many challenges impede the control of these diseases, including insufficient infrastructure, technical capacity of healthcare workers and inadequate technologies and systems e.g. public health surveillance systems and response capacities. Region is known in experiencing food and water borne diseases, vector-borne diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, emerging and re-emerging infection and also antimicrobial resistance. Our guiding principal is to build capacities where necessary, support vulnerable areas in a culturally-sensitive and timely manner. We are actively involved in the areas related to vaccine preventable diseases such as polio and immunization, emerging and re-emerging diseases such as Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Brucellosis and Surveillance of  Severe Acute Respiratory-Tract Infections (SARI).


CDED of EMPHNET is engaged in a range of activities to control infectious diseases and improve health security at the regional level. The Communicable Diseases and Emergency Division (CDED) at EMPHNET is working to improve capacity of rapid disease detection, assessment, investigation and response, improve risk communication and improved emergency preparedness and response. CDED is always looking for opportunities to strengthen health systems at the national, sub-regional and regional levels and use FETP graduates and public health work force at the regional level in the best possible way.


We work and collaborate with Ministries of Health of EMR member states, World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Biosecurity Engagement program, other national and international organizations.