The genesis of SACIDS stems from the seminal global study by the UK Foresight Programme on the detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) of infectious disease of humans, animals and plants.

This study, which was conducted between 2004 and 2006,  identified future (up to 2030) drivers of infectious disease risks (economic and climate change), future disease threats and future science technologies that will help to manage the risk of infectious diseases within the evolving societal context of culture, governance, economic trends and human practices.

The report of this study is entitled “Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the Future” (http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight/our-work/projects/published-projects/infectious-diseases). This study included a specific strand and report for Africa, which was coordinated by 3 African scientists (http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/foresight/docs/infectious-diseases/a1_id_africa.pdf).