National Institute for Communicable Diseases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is the national public health institute of South Africa,[1][2] providing reference to microbiology, virology, epidemiology, surveillance and public health research to support the government's response to communicable disease threats.[3][4]

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • National Institute for Virology
JurisdictionSouth Africa

The NICD serves as a resource of knowledge and expertise of communicable diseases to the South African Government, Southern African Development Community countries and the African continent. The institution assists in the planning of policies and programmes to support and respond to communicable diseases.[5]

The main goal of the NICD is to be the national organ for South Africa for public health surveillance of communicable disease.[5]


  1. ^ "Health | South African Government". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ "South Africa", Wikipedia, 20 February 2019, retrieved 25 February 2019
  3. ^ Wan, Kang-Lin; Jiang, Yi; Liu, Zhi-Guang; Zhao, Xiu-Qin; Li, Ma-Chao; Liu, Hai-Can; Xiao, Tong-Yang; Huang, Ming-Xiang; Zhao, Li-Li (7 August 2019). "Prevalence, risk and genetic characteristics of drug-resistant tuberculosis in a tertiary care tuberculosis hospital in China". Infection and Drug Resistance. 12: 2457–2465. doi:10.2147/IDR.S209971. PMC 6689547. PMID 31496759.
  4. ^ "SA's private hospitals have been hit by a mysterious and deadly fungal infection that is spreading across the globe, and no one knows how to stop it". BusinessInsider. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "About us | NICD". 5 July 2020. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.