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 EBOKON consortium started...

The SORMAS consortium started its work in November 2014. The first meeting concentrated on collecting tasks and requirements for the single users of our Surveillance & Outbreak Response Management System (SORMAS). The whole process of contact tracing, case and surveillance management was summarized in discussions with field workers in Nigeria. By December 2014, the formal descriptions of personas and processes entity relationships have been finalized. In parallel, test scenarios, a training concept and a systematic evaluation scheme was developed. In February 2015, a three-day table top prototype test was run. During this test, Nigerian colleagues as well as international experts had the opportunity to work with the system on simulated data. In March and April, final improvements on the system have been realized. Additional modules for measles, H5N1 and cholera have been developed. Mid of May, field workers in Nigeria will be trained in using SORMAS. SORMAS-N (Nigeria) will be rolled-out in June 2015 in two pilot-states, Kano and Oyo. During the whole month of June, a systematic evaluation of the system will conducted with results analyzed in July.

Timeline of the SORMAS project with important upcoming milestones (colored in blue) and achieved results (colored in green)
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