Established in 2021, World Field Epidemiology Day commemorates the fundamental John Snow cholera outbreak investigation. His contribution to epidemiology celebrates the work in the field today; responding to outbreaks and public health emergencies to support and protect the health of populations through field epidemiology. Field epidemiologists are on the front lines, responsible for actions including the investigations that confirm outbreaks, and identifying cases, contacts, and risk factors for a disease. Recently during the COVID-19 pandemic, multidisciplinary expertise and community-level knowledge supported the response and investigations since COVID's beginning around the world. Ensuring quality health data for evidence-informed policy and decision-making is pivotal to building more resilient health systems capable of responding to constant public health challenges. Empowerment and constant field epidemiology workforce training are crucial to further development and effective health interventions.
ISID contributes to this work, notably through its Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED). ProMED identifies health events related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, reporting infectious disease outbreaks globally. Join ISID in celebrating the constant achievements obtained at these front lines, constituting a cornerstone to developing more public health solid advances.
Some recent examples of this type of work recently published in our ISID journals are: