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Since it was founded in 2003, MECIDS has been dedicated to monitoring, preventing, and responding to health risks in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. MECIDS also conducts regular multinational training courses for regional health workers, giving them a chance to meet each other while honing their professional skills.

At its core, MECIDS serves as a framework through which the participating Ministries of Health share information about disease patterns and coordinate swift cross-border responses in the event of an outbreak.  Food-borne illnesses, avian influenza, and leishmaniasis – a disabling and disfiguring disease transmitted by sand flies – are the primary health concerns monitored by MECIDS.

With its administrative secretariat in Jerusalem and its scientific secretariat in Amman, MECIDS is able to connect and collaborate with a wide range of regional academic institutions, national centers for disease control, and health ministries.