The South African National Travel Health Network (SaNTHNet) was formed by the Department of Health (DoH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM).
The Network will focus primarily on communicable diseases in compliance with the International Health Regulations and will provide an authoritative platform for the following functions and activities:
- The development of guidelines for the prevention and treatment of travel -related diseases
- To develop consistent and authoritative national guidance on general health matters for health professionals advising the public travelling locally and abroad, and to disseminate this information widely.
- The provision of relevant travel information for South African and international travellers with destinations in South Africa and abroad.
- Act as a resource for travel-related health problems
- Gather the necessary data as stipulated in the Yellow Fever regulations
- Provide input and submit expert information to the Department of Health regarding the Yellow Fever regulations
- Provide the necessary information to professionals dealing with travellers to ensure appropriate investigation and treatment when requested.
- Provide surveillance for selected travel-related diseases and imported infections e.g. Dengue fever.
- To define short-term and long-term research priorities in relation to the above
- Act as a WHO collaborative centre for Mass Gatherings