SORMAS: Mobile Ebola Surveillance

Surveillance of Ebola infections by real-time mobile data transmission in Nigeria

The ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa and the possible re-emergence of new Ebola virus infections in countries such as Nigeria require to strengthen the disease surveillance and control capabilites in these countries.
The aim of the project "EBOKON 10" is to exploit information technology to support in identifying emerging infections and Ebola suspected cases as well as their contacts immediately. In this way, further spread of infections can be prevented. Together with the Nigerian "Programme for Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training" the Department of Epidemiology at the HZI (Prof. Dr. Krause) has initiated that project to address this challenge.
In order to meet the specific technical requirements of West African countries, a management tool for infection control and for real time transmission of epidemiological data will be developed. It will run on normal mobile phones that are widely spread in West African countries. The complexity of the data processing is, however, handled by a high-performance data management platform and the use of cloud technology provided by SAP, a German Software Corporation.

Our partners:

Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), Abuja, Nigeria

Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin (BNIT), Hamburg

Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Berlin

Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Abuja, Nigeria

Deutsche Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (DZIF), Braunschweig

Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam 

The SORMAS Consortium

The SORMAS consortium, an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists, computer scientists, physicians and public health specialists from Nigeria and Germany, aims to build a management tool. This tool will ensure quality, efficiency and timeliness of all activities associated with identifying and reporting suspected cases of Ebola virus disease and assuring their identification and follow up of their contact persons, in order to stop further transmission.

The SORMAS consortium is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research in Germany within the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF). It consists of Helmholtz Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (HZI), Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), Robert-Koch Institut (RKI), Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin (BNIT). The SAP AG and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) have joined the consortium as associated partners through in kind contributions. The HZI leads the overall consortium and coordinates the project work in Germany. In addition, NFELPT coordinates the work in Nigeria.

All partners contribute to all aspects of the project, which consists in the following main work packages (respective lead institutions in brackets):

- Requirements Analysis and Data Model (RKI & HZI)

- Non-EVD Disease Data and Process Model (HZI)

- Technical Implementation and Infrastructure (HPI)

- Simulation model (RKI)

- Evaluation (BNIT & HZI)

- Training (BNIT & NFELPT)

- Field piloting and implementation (NFELPT) 

- Dissemination & sustainability concept (HZI)

- Management & communication (NFELPT & HZI)

The consortium is led by the Helmholtz Zentrum für Infektionsforschung and comprises besides the initial project partners (HZI, BNIT, RKI, NFELTP) associated partners.
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