Our vital and ambitious vision is to democratize disease surveillance using three approaches.
DETECT: Applying technology to find outbreaks faster by co-creating open source tools, data analytics, and collaborative information-sharing systems
VERIFY: Enabling a network of health professionals to verify rumors or the earliest signs of a potential outbreak through a crowdsourced web-based platform
CONNECT: Working across borders to connect multi-sectoral practitioners and build trust-based networks for learning, sharing best practices, and systemic change across geographic borders
Our solutions are locally created, accessible to all, and sustainable with local resources after a catalytic investment.
This work is emboldened by evidence that the earlier we can detect a disease and the faster we can notify communities about it, the fewer lives and livelihoods will be lost.
Impact: How We Measure Progress
Our progress in improving disease surveillance in animals and humans should lead to:
- An increase in the number of outbreaks reported
- A decrease in the time to detect any outbreak
- A decrease in the time to verify any outbreak
To measure these important indicators, Ending Pandemics is working with partner organizations to assess the feasibility of tracking the timeliness of outbreak detection, verification, and other associated measures. We have conducted pilot studies in over two dozen countries to refine our methods and understand the value of these metrics. In 2018 we convened an international group of experts to review our work and help refine the framework we have developed. The results of that meeting can be found here.
We continue to support countries in their efforts to track these metrics and better understand the types of tools, policies, and investments that are helping to find outbreaks faster around the world.