oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa (FIDSSA) - four years since inception : editorial
In 2005, FIDDSA was formed from an amalgamation of existing societies representing infectious diseases (Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa - IDSSA), sexually transmitted diseases, (Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa - STDSSA), infection control (Infection Control Society of South Africa - ICSSA) and antimicrobial surveillance (National Antimicrobial Surveillance Forum - NASF). The reasons for the amalgamation included the establishment of a common administrative structure which would provide secretarial and administrative support for its member societies, to improve communication between member societies and interest groups, to generate support and contributions towards a single scientific journal and to improve support for a joint biennial congress at which all societies would be equally represented. Additional objectives included the fostering of greater collaboration between the clinically and laboratory-based divisions of the disciplines.
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