SORMAS Integration with other Health Systems


  • Project piloted in Nigeria in 2021 and is active now
  • Partners involved are CHAI, NCDC &  WAHO
  • To be expanded to all west african countries that implemented / are going to implement SORMAS

SORMAS Interoperability with WAHO DHIS2, COBAS & E-CIF

SORMAS is exchanging data with WAHO DHIS2 under the framework of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reporting data to WAHO on a weekly basis, fulfilling the ECOWAS reporting mandate for infectious diseases. This is leveraging a direct API link.

SORMAS is exchanging data with COBAS Lab Information Management system at a national scale, for the reportage of all confirmed results of COVID-19 tests. SORMAS transmits Identifier variables and then receives confirmed results from the COBAS through a direct standard API.

SORMAS is exchanging data with the NCDC COVID-19 testing app schedular (e-cif). This enables the public to choose testing sites of choice, and the data is automatically available within SORMAS upon verification and in turn links up the Lab Information Management system, to release the result to the client via an SMS gateway. This is leveraging a direct API link.

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The Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis Systems (SORMAS), a digital tool, started in 2015 as a collaborative research project between the epidemiology department of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), under the leadership of Prof. Gérard Krause, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), with the support of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). Since its launch in Nigeria in 2017, SORMAS has been adopted by all 36 states in the country and the Federal Capital Territory, and more than 4000 health workers have been trained to use the system.

SORMAS has been successfully used to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Lassa fever, cholera, and COVID-19 in Nigeria, enabling health workers to quickly identify and respond to cases. It has also helped to improve disease surveillance and reporting, leading to more accurate data on disease prevalence and incidence.

According to the NCDC, SORMAS has helped to save lives and reduce the economic impact of disease outbreaks in Nigeria. The system has also been praised for its ease of use and its ability to integrate with existing health information systems. Overall, SORMAS has played a significant role in improving disease surveillance and response in Nigeria and has the potential to make a similar impact in other countries facing similar challenges.

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