Epidemic Investigation Cell (EIC) was established in 1998 at NIH to respond to alert/outbreaks and epidemics, national & international events of public health significance and provided the required feedback to the concerned stakeholders. In 2013, Board of Governors (BOG) approved up-gradation of EIC to create a new division in 61st meeting and named Field Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance Division as 5th division of NIH. The Division is comprising of following sections:
Surveillance & Response Section
This section gathers and analyzes disease surveillance data from relevant available sources and periodically disseminate the epidemiological information to the relevant stakeholders in order to Identify/notify high priority communicable and non-communicable diseases of public health concern for event-based surveillance.
One Health Hub
A One Health Hub is established recently to prevent and control the zoonotic diseases of national and international concern by strengthening event based surveillance with well-coordinated reponse by human, animal and environmental departments which will enhance capacity for surveillance & field investigation for zoonotic diseases and response. The Hub forum will be instrumental to conduct strategic research on impact of zoonotic diseases and environmental changes on human health.
IHR Coordination Section
As National IHR focal point, it serves to facilitate the provincial and area health departments in assessing and building core capacities required under IHR 2005 and interacts with national and international partners for resource mobilization aiming strengthening of core capacities for the implementation of IHR 2005.
Field Epidemiology/ Workforce Development Section
This section coordinates with federal, provincial and area health departments for capacity building of relevant public health professionals through 2-years training in Field Epidemiology to support the core capacity of workforce development of IHR/GHSA.