The system of information-based activities involving the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data (often large volumes and from multiple sources) to monitor public health control and prevention activities.

We provide technological tools and operational support to collect and analyze data. Our teams contribute to the detection and ultimate prevention of disease outbreaks throughout West Africa.

Our goal is to provide technological tools and operational support to collect and analyze data from the field level, including hard-to-reach communities, that contributes to the detection and ultimate prevention of public health emergencies and disease outbreaks.

Our objectives:

  • Build technology tools for field-level surveillance data collection
  • Build technology tools for visualization and interpretation of data-sets for disease detection, outbreak prevention, and national response
  • Provide operational support for disease detection and prevention
 
Case studies
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eIDSR

Across West Africa, paper-based reporting has been shown to generate many incomplete, incorrect, and late reports, which consistently delay investigation and response to potential disease outbreaks. As a result, we have contributed to the development of an electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (eIDSR) software system. This system’s simplified data analytics and visualizations makes it clear and simple for health decision-makers to understand the state of population health and take action to improve it. Learn about the eIDSR solution.

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Kano Connect

We have more than 1,400 Android phones to Healthcare Workers in Kano state, each equipped with Open Data Kits (ODKs) that make it easy for users to submit data via questionnaires. This project enabled the Kano State government to collect, track, and act on key health performance indicators.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 
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Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs)

In response to public health emergencies across West Africa, we have constructed EOCs to provide designated workspace to coordinate activities and technological resources to develop initiatives. We provide assistance to government partners to build centers, long-term center management, and technical support. Learn about our infrastructure services.

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117 Call Center

The 117 Call Center was established as the emergency death and illness reporting line during Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak. Now a sustainable mortality surveillance mechanism, 117 collects data on potential public health emergencies.

 
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AVADAR

In response to the outbreak of polio in Nigeria in January 2016, we have operationalized the use of a new AVADAR application to improve polio surveillance region-wide. AVADAR is designed to detect true cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis, for the purpose of identifying and responding to potential cases of polio.

 

Notable statistics:

609,401

Healthcare workers actively using Kano Connect phones

35,488

Actionable calls received to the 117 call center in 2016

527

End-users trained in AVADAR tool in Borno, Nigeria in November 2016