The Department of Disease Control (DDC) of Thailand is one of the Ministry of Public Health’s agencies based in Nonthaburi Province. It was formally established as the Department of Communicable Disease Control and was transformed to be the Department of Disease Control (DDC) in B.E. 2545 (2002). According to the announcement of the Royal Decree, DDC’s mission was expanded from communicable diseases to as well cover non-communicable diseases.
Thailand DDC is aiming at protecting people by working proactively to identify, assess, communicate, prevent and control diseases. In order to achieve its mission, DDC cooperates and works in partnership with national, regional and international networks to:
• Develop and produce timely information, knowledge, and tools for effective surveillance, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
• Provide information and knowledge to the public.
• Transfer and share knowledge, expertise, best practices and technical assistance including training to the networks.
• Coordinate and support the monitoring and evaluation of capacity and mechanism of the networks on implementation of surveillance, prevention and control of diseases and health hazards.
• Facilitate national preparedness, prevention, detection and response to Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC) including emerging infectious diseases.
Monitor and support law enforcement by the responsible agencies to protect people from communicable diseases and health hazards.