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03 Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Since the response to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2015, the necessity to establish an organization for instantaneous control and command over disease prevention and control sites in the event of outbreak of infectious diseases has been raised. Accordingly, KCDC established an Emergency Operations Center in January 2016.

A national disease prevention and control system improvement plan for more effective and thorough response to new infectious diseases was finalized on September 1, 2015 at the national policy coordination meeting. KCDC is continuously analyzing international trends, overseeing immigration quarantine, strengthening epidemiologic investigation competencies, building a spontaneous risk response and swift diagnosis system and promoting expansion of the related infrastructure, such as negative pressure isolation wards. The Emergency Operations Center collects and analyzes domestic and international infectious disease information in real-time through its 24-hour control room to detect emergency situations at an early phase and effectively controls them by sending an emergency reaction team for early response.

Independent Departments table - divistion of, objective
Division of Objective
Public Health Emergency Management
  • Establish infectious disease control system and ensure emergency control for the emergence of infectious diseases
  • Operate a 24-hour operating ‘Emergency Operations Center (EOC)’ and Rapid Response Teams (RRT)
  • Carry out comprehensive management in the emergency of infectious diseases and establish and adjust processes on case-by-case basis
  • Recognize the emergency of infectious diseases in an early phase and establish and operate a EOC for an immediate response
  • Organize, manage, and operate an enforcement team to be immediately dispatched to the field in the emergency of infectious diseases
  • Establish private-public cooperation system in the emergency of infectious diseases
  • Develop administration guidelines and manuals for risk management and support training and evaluation
  • Develop emergency response guidelines for medical institutions and public health centers
  • Plan, control and implement training for emergency response by area and department
  • Organize and operate a central epidemiologic investigation team
  • Plan and evaluate epidemiologic investigation activities in response to infectious diseases
  • Perform and manage an epidemiologic investigation for SARS, human infections of AI, new infectious diseases and syndromes, MERS, and other infectious diseases with unknown causes
  • Train field epidemiologists
  • Undertake other matters not under the direct supervision of other departments
Risk Assessment & International Cooperation
  • Collection, analysis and risk assessment of infectious disease information
  • Dissemination of information to medical community and academia
  • Collection and sharing of information with international organizations (WHO etc.) and other countries in public health emergencies
  • Establishment of the comprehensive information system for information collection and risk assessment of infectious diseases
  • Planning and management of international collaboration for disease control and research
  • Collaboration with foreign governments and international organizations for disease control and research
  • Support of training in overseas countries for disease control and research
  • Collaboration with other international partners for disease control and research
Resource Management
  • Establish and coordinate comprehensive plan for management of medical resources and government’s accumulated resources in response to infectious diseases
  • Establish and operate an information system of medical resources and the government’s accumulated resources in response to infectious diseases
  • Accumulate, stockpile, distribute medical resources and supplies in response to infectious diseases
  • Manage beds for hospitalization and government-designated hospitals by area
  • Accumulate, stockpile, distribute medicine and medical supplies in response to infectious diseases
  • Establish and implement training plan in response to infectious disease
Division of Emerging Infectious Diseases Response
  • Establish Prevention Plan and Management of Middle East Respiratory Syndrom(MERS), Viral Hemorrhagic Fever(VHF), Avian Influenza(AI), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom(SARS) and Bioterrorism
  • Develop Response Guidelines and Manuals of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
  • Promote and Provide Education of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
  • Epidemiologic Investigation and Field Response on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
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