The overall objective of the Foundation's Disease Surveillance Networks (DSN) Initiative is to strengthen technical capacity at the country level for disease surveillance and to bolster response to outbreaks through the sharing of technical information and expertise. It supports formalizing collaboration, information sharing and best practices among established networks as well as trans-national, interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral efforts, and is experienced in developing and fostering innovative partnerships. In order to more effectively address disease threats, the DSN has four key outcome areas:
(1) forming and sustaining trans-boundary DSN;
(2) strengthening and applying technical and communication skills by local experts and institutions;
(3) increasing access and use of improved tools and methods on information sharing, reporting and monitoring; and
(4) emphasizing One Health and transdisciplinary approaches to policy and practice at global, regional and local levels.