Smittskyddsinstitutet (SMI) is a government agency with the mission to monitor the epidemiology of communicable diseases among Swedish citizens and promote control and prevention of these diseases.
SMI collaborates with several other government agencies and other organizations within the field of communicable disease control and prevention.
The most important contacts are:
- The County Medical Officers of Communicable Disease Control
- Microbiological laboratories
- Infectious disease clinics
- The municipality environmental health authorities
In a broader area, concerning strategies and policies, the collaborating partners include:
- National Board of Health and Welfare
- National Veterinary Institute
- National Institute of Public Health
- National Food Administration
- Swedish Armed Forces
- Swedish Defence Research Agency
- Swedish Work Environment Authority
- Swedish Federation of County Councils
- Swedish Association of Local Authorities
SMI gives expert advice and support to local, regional and central authorities with operative or political responsibilities for communicable disease control.
SMI also participates in several external expert committees and advisory groups, including the science council of the National Food Administration, the preparedness council of the National Board of Health and Welfare and the AIDS council of the National Institute of Public Health. In July 2010 the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control became responsible for the national preventive work in Sweden.
Experts from SMI are also frequently consulted by international organizations, like the WHO and the European Commission, as external evaluators or activities and/or projects concerning communicable disease control. Reports from clinicians and microbiological laboratories concerning infectious agents and outbreaks enable SMI to provide an overview of the national epidemiological situation.
Furthermore, typing of infectious agents is performed to allow detailed epidemiological analyses. The combination of these efforts often makes it possible to identify and break the chain of transmission of infections.
Uppdaterad 2011-02-01 08:43