SORMAS has been developed during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014 and was first deployed in Nigeria in 2015, followed by Ghana a few years later.  

In the meantime SORMAS became open-source to ensure a sustainability and independence from IT companies. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic SORMAS was developed further and is now used in several countries in Africa, Asia and Europa. 

In 2014, a consortium of German and Nigerian public health, research institutions and a global software company, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), developed the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014/15.


After nine month of software development, SORMAS prototype was tested in 84 private and public health institutions in two states of Nigeria. In July 2015, data was collected and entered about cholera, measles and highly pathogenic avian influenza. In addition, a simulation of a complex Ebola outbreak was performed.

July 2015

In 2016 SORMAS was migrated into an open source software application. This fulfils the objective to ensure a sustainable software product independent from IT companies but that can be used within the software community to develop the health sector goals.


Ghana Health Services and Ghana Community Network decided to deploy SORMAS as a test pilot in a few districts in Ghana in 2019. The HZI team traveled to Ghana to help set up and train future SORMAS users.


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