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

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread, more and more governments and international organizations turned to SORMAS as a critical tool for managing and controlling infectious disease outbreaks. With a growing number of experts, organizations, and companies involved, what started as a research project lead by Prof. Gérard Krause at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research has evolved into a global movement within the open-source and public health communities. To sustain and professionalize this rapid growth, the SORMAS Foundation was established.

Based in Brunswick, Germany, the SORMAS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable international public health, with a focus on preventing and controlling transmissible diseases. The foundation achieves this goal by developing, promoting, and implementing digital systems that support public organizations, both national and international, in early detection and containment of epidemics in local and global contexts. While SORMAS serves as a guidance system, the foundation’s activities extend beyond it, encompassing a broad range of research, development, and cooperation initiatives.

Some of the key features and benefits of the SORMAS Foundation include:

  • A global network of experts, organizations, and companies dedicated to preventing and controlling infectious disease outbreaks
  • State-of-the-art digital systems and tools for early detection and containment of epidemics
  • Sustainable development and cooperation initiatives that support the public health needs of communities around the world
  • A commitment to open-source principles, scientific best practices, and data privacy and security standards

Through its work, the SORMAS Foundation is making a significant impact on global public health, helping to prevent and control infectious diseases and promote sustainable development and cooperation across borders.

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.


Learn about everything concerning the development of SORMAS. SEE DEVELOPMENT
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. HOW TO SET UP SORMAS
Training Material
We offer different training materials to make your start with SORMAS as easy as possible. SEE TRAINING MATERIAL
Find all documents and videos on SORMAS at a glance. SEE DOCUMENTS
New features are constantly implemented into SORMAS. Learn about new features and view the latest changelog. SEE LATEST UPDATES

Functional Features