Innovative Technological Approach to Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response in Nigeria Using the Open Data Kit and Form Hub Technology

  • Daniel Tom-Aba1☯*
  • Adeniyi Olaleye2☯
  • Adebola Tolulope Olayinka3
  • et al.
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The recent outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has ravaged many lives.\r<br />Effective containment of this outbreak relies on prompt and effective coordination and communication\r<br />across various interventions; early detection and response being critical to successful\r<br />control. The use of information and communications technology (ICT) in active\r<br />surveillance has proved to be effective but its use in Ebola outbreak response has been limited.\r<br />Due to the need for timeliness in reporting and communication for early discovery of\r<br />new EVD cases and promptness in response; it became imperative to empower the\r<br />response team members with technologies and solutions which would enable smooth and\r<br />rapid data flow. The Open Data Kit and Form Hub technology were used in combination\r<br />with the Dashboard technology and ArcGIS mapping for follow up of contacts, identification\r<br />of cases, case investigation and management and also for strategic planning during the\r<br />response. A remarkable improvement was recorded in the reporting of daily follow-up of\r<br />contacts after the deployment of the integrated real time technology. The turnaround time\r<br />between identification of symptomatic contacts and evacuation to the isolation facility and\r<br />also for receipt of laboratory results was reduced and informed decisions could be taken by\r<br />all concerned. Accountability in contact tracing was ensured by the use of a GPS enabled\r<br />device. The use of innovative technologies in the response of the EVD outbreak in Nigeria\r<br />contributed significantly to the prompt control of the outbreak and containment of the disease\r<br />by providing a valuable platform for early warning and guiding early actions




Daniel Tom-Aba1☯*, Adeniyi Olaleye2☯, Adebola Tolulope Olayinka3, 4☯, P. N., Ndadilnasiya Waziri3‡, Peter Adewuyi3‡, … Faisal Shuaib. (2015). Innovative Technological Approach to Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response in Nigeria Using the Open Data Kit and Form Hub Technology. Plos One, 10(6), 1–7. Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/SavieM/Downloads/out%20(9).pdf

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