National Institute For Communicable Diseases


nicdExecutive Director: Prof Shabir Madhi

The establishment of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) facilitated the creation   of a much-needed centre for disease surveillance and control in southern Africa.

The previous National Institute for Virology has, in effect, been replaced by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and has been supplemented by the addition of microbiology, parasitology and entomology laboratories from the former South African Institute for Medical Research to create a comprehensive public health communicable diseases institution.

The NICD gathers intelligence on communicable diseases and provides expertise to southern African regions regarding outbreak and communicable disease burdens, such as respiratory, diarrhoeal diseases, meningitis, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The NICD undertakes research focused on questions related to communicable diseases in southern Africa and it aims to build capacity in this field.

Go to the NICD website