Our mission is to actively contribute to improving the control and prevention of enteric diseases in Africa and Asia, with a priority focus on cholera.
Created in 2011, IDEA is an independent, multinational network of scientific and medical experts on enteric diseases in African and Asian countries. With a focus on surveillance, control and prevention, this multidisciplinary group helps define and implement effective measures to combat cholera and other enteric diseases.
Where cholera remains a major public health concern:
Sharing evidence-based information, experience and best practices in a bottom-up approach based on interaction, data collection, empowerment and advocacy. We seek to increase partnership and networking between countries, regional and international organizations.
We seek to contribute to effective enteric diseases and cholera control, prevention and elimination efforts in Asia and Africa.
by suggesting tangible actions for integrated and operational plans at the local and regional levels
to support interventions as part of comprehensive strategies to combat cholera and other enteric diseases
IDEA brings together experts from 23 countries to provide a leading voice in the fight against cholera and enteric disease at the national and international levels. We are well-positioned to be a privileged partner:
in the field through a transversal process to contribute to national and regional actions
multi-sectoral and cross-border approaches through the sharing of knowledge, experience and practices
to complement and create synergies with other international and national actions
We develop initiatives to support national integrated plans against cholera and other enteric diseases. We seek to minimize the disease burden (morbidity, mortality, economic and social impact) due to cholera and enteric diseases and to improve health, hygiene and sanitation among affected populations. Our initiatives are designed to promote:
Exchange of best practices
Collection and analysis of information about management, control and prevention strategies and resource allocation
Resource mobilization for cholera prevention and control interventions
Liaising with national and international stakeholders
Advocacy, by encouraging countries to apply cholera prevention and control measures including vaccination
IDEA’s activities are conducted essentially through internal and external communication. We use a variety of means to communicate with stakeholders and IDEA members:
As an independent, multidisciplinary group, IDEA develops initiatives that interest many different stakeholders at the international, national and regional level: