Acute or chronic events that have widespread negative consequences for human health and require a rapid, coordinated response to overcome.

Throughout the region, we provide infrastructure and human capacity support to improve governments’ abilities to detect, investigate, and respond to public health threats, including the most remote areas.

Our goal is to work with stakeholders to prepare for and respond to potential and active public health emergencies in order to eliminate or lessen their negative impact on populations, primarily through the design of context-specific technological tools and smarter operations.

We have developed tools to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, including Ebola, Polio, and many others, to lessen their impact on affected populations. Our teams develop context-specific technological tools and smarter operations to improve emergency management.

Our objectives:

  • Establish public health emergency management systems in all districts/states in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. 
  • Increase the implementation of international guidelines for public health emergency preparedness by all levels of government in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
  • Improve eHealth Africa’s ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Case studies

Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (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.


Health Camps

Through the Health Camp Boxes project, we help the Nigerian government to better supply remote regions with essential healthcare products. Health Camp Boxes work with government partners to provide health boxes stocked with medicines and medical supplies across Kano state.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Emergency Operations Centers (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. 


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.


Auto-Visual AFP Detection and Reporting (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. Learn more about AVADAR.


Notable statistics:


Actionable calls received to the 117 call center in 2016


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


Operators working in the 117 call center in 2016