SORMAS is finalist for Zayed Sustainability Prize 2023
Epidemic management system developed at the HZI is among the top three of over 900 applications in the health category
With the help of the eHealth system SORMAS (short for “Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System”), epidemics can be detected and contained at an early stage. For its contribution to global health, the system developed under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig has now been rewarded with a place among the three finalists for the Zayed Sustainability Award 2023. The winner of the $600,000 prize will be selected in January 2023 from the three selected projects, which competed against more than 900 other projects in the health category.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize promotes small and medium-sized enterprises as well as nonprofit organizations and schools for sustainable achievements in the categories of health, nutrition, energy, water and secondary schools. The SORMAS open-source digital platform for early detection of disease outbreaks and epidemic control management impressed the international jury of the prestigious sustainability award, which is presented by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
SORMAS is now in use in eleven countries from five different WHO regions for a variety of diseases. Only recently, the HZI had spun off the non-profit SORMAS Foundation, which maintains the open source software SORMAS and supports health authorities worldwide in the implementation of SORMAS and other open source tools.
“We are very pleased that SORMAS is one of the three finalists among so many competitors and are looking forward to the announcement of the winner in January,” says Prof Dirk Heinz, Scientific Director of the HZI. “This will give the newly established SORMAS Foundation an additional boost.”
Prof Gérard Krause, Head of Department “Epidemiology” at HZI, under whose leadership SORMAS was developed, adds: “It is a nice recognition especially for our partners in Germany and abroad and motivates us all very much to further develop SORMAS.”
The finalists from all categories can be found on the Zayed Sustainability Prize website.