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- Sahana Modules for Ebola Response
- Sahana Ebola Response
- See Also
After monitoring the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa over the past months, Sahana has identified a specific need from from MSF nurses in the field for improved Contact !Tracing/Monitoring which we are able address. Sahana has rapidly responded by developing Contact Tracing/Monitoring module.
A demo site of this functionality is available here: http://ebola.sahanafoundation.org
In order to deliver the maximum impact most effectively, Sahana deploys information management solutions in partnership with responding organisations. If you are responding to the Ebola Outbreak and need with your information management support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sahana Modules for Ebola Response
Sahana is a mature Open Source Disaster Management Software solution, and as well as Contact Tracing/Monitoring, it has a variety of modules that could assist organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak. Additionally it can be quickly customized and extended to produce solutions to new challenges that may be faced.
A key element of the fight against Ebola is to monitor all people that an infected person has come into contact with.
This consists of:
- Take temperature 2 x a day
- Asked about symptoms
- Continue for 3 weeks
As soon as a person is in this monitoring state, then their contacts are also recorded. In the event that they show symptoms, or are tested positive, then their contacts are put into the enhanced monitoring state, and so on.
Currently this is a paper-based system which causes long delays (days) before people are put into the enhanced monitoring state, which obviously means they're likely to have more contacts & hence more deaths will occur. There is an old study about a similar system, related to sexually transmitted diseases, which shows that such a system can reduce the delay to get people into monitoring to less than 6-8 hours (provided you have enough resources for the monitoring itself).
Sahana can rapidly deploy a Contact Tracing/Monitoring solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
Personnel / Human Resources
Many of the responding organisations have identified a need for better personnel & human resources solutions.
Sahana's Personnel / Human Resources module is used by several different Red Cross National Societies around the world, so is proven to be flexible & mature.
Sahana can rapidly deploy a Personnel / Human Resources solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
Logistics & Donation Management
Many of the responding organisations have identified a need for better logistics solutions.
Sahana can rapidly deploy a Logistics or Donation Management solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
Sahana's logistics module is used by the Philippines Government Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It was used to manage the distribution of more aid than any other organisation during Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, so is proven to be mature and locally supportable.
Sahana's logistics module can also be use to support Inter-Agency Coordination
- Request Management
- Donation Management
- Logistic information sharing
Sahana has been previously been piloted as the HELIOShare solution by various UK INGOs to share inventory and logistics capacity data with each other, without needing to modify their existing systems and internal processes. The logistics staff from these organisations gave very positive feedback about the utility of the system, yet there has not been an agency to lead the deployment of this solution. Ideally this would be done by the Logistics Cluster lead, as WFP in Liberia.
Hospital + Health Facility Management
Sahana's Hospital + Health Facility Management module can be used to manage locations including their status, capacities and requirements. This can be seen on our demo site here: http://ebola.sahanafoundation.org/eden/hms/hospital/map
Sahana can rapidly deploy a Hospital + Health Facility Management solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
Who's Doing What Where
Sahana has modules that can manage organisations, contacts, activities and projects which provide a Who's Doing What Where solution. The DRR Project Portal which is powered by Sahana has been sharing information on Disaster Risk Reducation Projects in the Asia Pacific for the past 4 years.
Sahana can rapidly deploy a Who's Doing What Where solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
In addition to Sahana's existing modules, new modules can quickly be developed to provide custom solutions to new challenges that may be faced by organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak. These solutions can easily be integrated into the existing modules as well as utilizing Sahana's full framework:
- User Permissions & Security
- Messaging (Email/SMS/Twitter/IVR)
- RESTful API
- Offline Support
Sahana can rapidly deploy a custom solution for any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
Sahana Ebola Response
Sahana is currently working on a number tasks to be able to better support any requests for assistance, but will prioritize requests from any organisations responding to the Ebola Outbreak.
If you are interested in being involved in the Sahana Ebola Response you are welcome to contributing to any of these tasks. Please be aware that the Sahana Team is currently very busy with the response efforts, so will not be able to provide any additional assistance or guidance at this stage. If you are a new software developer it would be most valuable to follow the steps here: Want To Help Develop Sahana Eden?
A list of tasks is also documented here: Sahana Ebola Deployment Google Doc.
Constraints are that the system would need to work offline and on 5-8 year old hardware such as Windows laptops with IE7/8 and pre-Android phones.
My solution would be to bundle Firefox into the install and use SMS for mobile parts. This needs validating before we can action.
Actioned: Fran 'Disease' as this is more widely applicable than Ebola, although Ebola is clearly the most pressing
- enable only relevant modules
Actioned: Fran We want to be able to point people somewhere to see something real
GIS Locations for Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone
- from GADM with P-Codes from OCHA
- Actioned: Fran - see GIS/Data
Health facilities and their Orgs:
New 'disease' module
UI / Design
- Customise Homepage (although this can be minimal - doesn't need to look pretty! Just be functional)
- Customise Menus
- Customise Modules
- Simplification of PR to minimum required for the usecase
- Simplification of HMS to minimum required for the usecase (which could start as zero with all referrals happening off-system)
- Simplification of PR to minimum required for the usecase
- Customise Dashboards / Visualizations - Mockups of potential solutions
- User Guide / Support Text.
- onaccept routine (run async where possible, even if unlikely on the older hardware we're talking) to flag record of contacts that need to go into enhanced monitoring...and provide a summarised list to the relevant person (email?) Do we notify the contact themselves via SMS?
- Simple reporting to see a list (& totals) of contacts that we should be monitoring and their status
If it is to be used in Guinea, we should ensure the relevant strings are translated into French
- Build Installer
- Do we need Sync with a central server?
The follow tasks could also be valuable, but will be prioritize based on request from organisations:
- Develop a template for a simplified HR system which could be rapidly deployed by any of these Orgs
- Develop a template for a simplified Logistics system which could be rapidly deployed by any of these Orgs
- Develop a LogShare template to allow different organisations to share Logistics data with each other without needing to modify their internal processes.
We want to reach out to these people:
- CDC (in charge of coordination inc technical)
- Nico Preston
- MSF (usecase came from their frontline nurses)
- Red Cross (we already have a Red Cross instance which could be easily made use of for HR &/or Logistics)
- contact Sune?
- UNMEER (new unit in charge of coordination inc technical)
- WFP (Logitics lead, they sponsored the Philippines install)
- contact George Pornaras? Edgardo?