Project Description

Early warning systems and community-driven outbreak surveillance programs were not viewed as an important element to global health programs, until the Ebola virus spread through West Africa exposing the vulnerability of communities, governments, and national health systems. During 2014 and 2015, a consortium of German and Nigerian public health research institutions, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), developed the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS ®-open). SORMAS is an online platform to quickly obtain data through the use of smart phones to collect information on epidemic prevention and control in a simple but effective manner and provide information to drive public health actions for outbreak management and control. The SORMAS prototype was tested in two federal states of Nigeria where data on cholera, measles, and avian influenza was collected under real-life conditions. The long-term development and implementation of SORMAS in West Africa is to be initiated with funding provided by The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will start with SORMAS being piloted and evaluated in one state (two districts) in Nigeria starting January, 2018. There are currently several European and African partners involved in the pilot, such as the Nigeria Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the African Field Epidemiology Network, and companies focusing on design and information technology programming.

Scope of work

m4h is responsible for closely monitoring all SORMAS pilot work plan activities. The project aim is to ensure the pilot is executed in a timely and successful manner. The different stages of piloting SORMAS in Nigeria are:

  1. Pilot planning and start-up activities
  2. Development of SORMAS training and pilot documents
  3. Planning of the facilitator workshop & trainings
  4. Planning and execution of pilot implementation
  5. Pilot evaluation
  6. Pilot wrap-up and final reports

m4h’s main activities:

  • Develop and monitor pilot implementation activities through regular meetings with the SORMAS team
  • Support communication with HZI and project partners to ensure timely implementation of project activities
  • Develop and monitor a risk matrix with corresponding mitigation measures
  • Support the development and review of training materials and a peer review process

Project duration: 08/2017 – 05/2018

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