IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


22nd May, 2023 Health

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  • WHO and partners are launching a global network to help protect people from infectious disease threats through the power of pathogen genomics called the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN).


  • The International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN) will provide a platform to connect countries and regions, improving systems for collecting and analyzing samples, using these data to drive public health decision-making, and sharing that information more broadly.
  • The IPSN, with a Secretariat hosted by the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, brings together experts worldwide at the cutting-edge of genomics and data analytics, from governments, philanthropic foundations, multilateral organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector.
  • All share a common goal: to detect and respond to disease threats before they become epidemics and pandemics, and to optimize routine disease surveillance.


  • The goal of this new network is ambitious, but it can also play a vital role in health security: to give every country access to pathogen genomic sequencing and analytics as part of its public health system.


Q. What is International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN)? What is its role and significance in disease detection?