In November 2017, SORMAS will be deployed as a real life product to be implemented in 2 districts of the country. We would like to run the pilot for atleast 2 or 3 seasonal periods using the surveillance and outbreak management component of SORMAS to attack real life cases and outbreaks. We cant wait to share with you our outcomes. Plans are in top gear to deploy SORMAS in Ghana as well) in 2017/2018
In April 2017, SORMAS was successfully migrated from an SAP hana platform application to an open source java web and mobile app application. We stress tested the functionalities of SORMAS and are now ready to deploy SORMAS in real life. Plans are in top gear to deploy SORMAS in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana) in 2017/2018 in West Africa
In March 2016, based on the success of SORMAS deployment in 2015 in Nigeria, The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) has financially supported the HZI to develop an open-source version of SORMAS, SORMAS also contributes to political concepts in West Africa
THe West African Health Organization has endorsed SORMAS as an efficient tool for use in West Africa for surveillance and Outbreak Management.. The concept of surveillance and outbreak response is a great road map to detecting, validating and controlling epidemics.
In the light of recent health events in Nigeria with regards to Ebola outbreak in 2014 and the need to strengthen health systems, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, The African field Epidemiology Network and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research signed an MOU in 2016 to partner together to ensure SORMAS is efficiently utilized.
German scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) in Braunschweig and Nigerian researchers are applying the new mobile information system for the first time to combat a monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria. The monkeypox epidemic has spread since September 2017 and, by now, afflicts 128 patients in 14 federal states in Nigeria. The name of the system, SORMAS, stands for "Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System". It captures and analyses data upon the outbreak of dangerous infectious diseases, recognises potential hazards and manages necessary control measures at an early point in time. In line with the technological status of West African countries, the system is based mainly on mobile tablets or phones. It allows laboratories and hospitals to network with each other and to exchange epidemiological data in real-time