The ProMED programme for the surveillance of emerging disease is an internet-based report system for the fast worldwide distribution of information on communicable disease outbreaks and acute exposure to toxic substances affecting public safety, as well as in livestock and livestock crops. ProMED's seven-day, weekly e-communication enables it to deliver up-to-date and trusted threat reports for people, wildlife and crops around the globe.
Early warnings of new and recurrent disease outbreaks can provide early enough provision for the spread of epidemics and the saving of life at all epidemics and at all epidemiological scales. The ProMED is open to all resources and free of policy pressures. ProMED subscriber often contribute articles.
Before they are uploaded to the database, a dedicated panel of experts in the field of medical diagnostics for humans, plants and animals checks and examines the report. ProMED distributes the report by e-mail to immediate recipients and publishes it immediately on the ProMED website. At present, ProMED is reaching more than 70,000 users in at least 185 states. One of ProMED's key objectives is to foster communications between the worldwide communitarian communities of communicable disorders, which includes researchers, doctors, phytologists, healthcare experts and others interested in communicable disorders on a worldwide basis.
The ProMED is encouraging the subscriber to take part in discussion about communicable diseases, to answer information queries and to cooperate in eruption studies and preventive work. The ProMED also appreciates the involvement of interested parties outside the healthcare and biomedicine profession. The ProMED was founded in 1994 with the assistance of the Federation of Scientists and SATELLIFE.
ProMED has been an international non-profit organisation with 60,000 members around the world since October 1999 as an international programme of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The ProMED is also available in several different tongues and as a local network: Both ProMED and ISID thank the Wellcome Trust, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Google.org, Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Oracle Corporation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and many individuals for their funding.
The ProMED works in close cooperation with HealthMap at Children's Hospital Boston. HealthMap for the provision of website and web host service for ProMED.