SORMAS – The system

The Surveillance Outbreak Response Management & Analysis System (SORMAS) is an open source software for early detection of infections and management of epidemic control. SORMAS is now in use in numerous countries on several continents and has been an essential part in managing large epidemics of Lassa fever, monkey pox, meningitis, measles and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In many countries, laboratories, hospitals, medical offices, airport physicians, ministries and public health departments work together via SORMAS. For more than 40 diseases, SORMAS enables digital data exchange in real time, even horizontally across national or regional borders. SORMAS is one of the world’s leading systems in this field, with the broadest range of functions and has been declared as a “Global Good” by UNICEF.

SORMAS – from project to movement

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of governments and international organizations have decided to implement SORMAS for all epidemic infectious diseases. At the same time, the diversity and number of participating experts, organizations and companies has increased significantly. The original research project with many international partners under the leadership of Prof. Gérard Krause at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research has developed into a movement in the international open source and public health community. The establishment of a foundation supports this rapid dynamic in a sustainable and professional manner.

The SORMAS Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Brunswick, Germany. The purpose of the foundation is the sustainable international promotion of public health, especially the prevention and control of transmissible diseases, development cooperation as well as science and research for the benefit of the general public. It achieves this purpose by developing, promoting and implementing digital systems to support public national and international organizations in the early detection and containment of epidemics in local and international contexts. The foundation uses SORMAS as a guidance system, but does not limit its activities to it.

We support local, national and international organizations in the development and implementation of SORMAS and other digital open source systems for disease prevention and mitigation."

SORMAS partners, sponsors, advisors and contractors


African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Digital Square
Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNET)
Ghana Health Service (GHS)
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) [lead]
Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
University College London (UCL)
University of Maryland Baltimore, Nigeria (UMB)
Direction du Numerique, Paris, France
E-Santé Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Swiss Tropcial and Public Health Institute
Swiss cantons Bern, Luzern and others
Infektionsmelde- und -informationssystem (IMIS)


Africa Centers for Disease Control (Africa CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DHIS2 Design Lab, University of Oslo
Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI)
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
University Braunschweig (TU)
West African Health Organization (WAHO)
World Health Organization (WHO-HQ)


Elektro- & Datentechnik


Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Nigeria (BHCF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centre for Infection Research (DZIF)
European Union (EU)
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
German Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
German Federal Ministry for Education
and Research (BMBF)
German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI)
Helmholtz Association (HGF)
Direction du Numerique, Paris, France
WHO-Country Office Nigeria
World Bank

The Advantages

SORMAS has many benefits such as extensive case and contact surveillance, offline cabaility and training and support from trained staff.



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How To Set Up SORMAS

You want to implement SORMAS in your country? Learn about all the steps it takes from getting to know SOMRAS to successfully managing infectious diseases.


Training Material

We offer different training materials to make your start with SORMAS as easy as possible.



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New features are constantly implemented into SORMAS. Learn about new features and view the latest changelog.


Functional Features