The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) is a private law entity established with Law 2071/92 and has operated since 1992. It is supervised and funded directly by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity.
According to HCDCP’s founding legislation, its main purposes are:
· To protect and promote public health through statewide programs to increase public awareness, and formulate a national strategy to prevent disease transmission.
· The epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases through surveillance systems, namely: the mandatory notification system, the Sentinel surveillance system in primary health care, the laboratory surveillance and intervention in health care facilities.
· Support research programs to collect, review and disseminate scientific data.
· Provide scientific support to the guidelines published, including educational support for health professionals.
· The operation of Infectious Diseases Units in hospitals throughout the country.
· Deal with public health emergencies.
· Support to special (vulnerable) populations (immigrant populations & human trafficking).
· Ensure safe and healthy environment.
· The implementation of the Health Map in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity.
To attain these objectives, HCDCP cooperates closely with ministries, local governments, universities, laboratories and public health stakeholders in Greece and abroad, such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) etc.
Our primary concern is the protection of Public Health and the specific, vulnerable population groups; we are committed to social responsibility, with a modern concept of health policy.