Ebola

The Ebola Data Sharing Platform welcomes input from individuals and organisations involved in Ebola research and clinical management. By sharing data, we can improve patient diagnosis and treatment, optimise outbreak response and reduce the impact of future Ebola epidemics.
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Contribute to the Ebola research agenda

Help design a collaborative research agenda to inform and inspire analyses using data from the Ebola data sharing platform. You can contribute your ideas on research priorities which address knowledge gaps with new evidence to improve patient care and outbreak response.

 

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is initially transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person contact. The first Ebola outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but more recent outbreaks have also included East Africa and major urban centres of West Africa.

The management of Ebola outbreaks relies on strong community engagement in surveillance, suspect case alert and contact tracing. These techniques need to be supported by good laboratory services, isolation treatment centres, safe burial practices and social mobilisation focused on educational programmes and campaigns.

Data on each of these aspects is necessary to track and stop outbreaks as well as to develop an understanding of the disease. By combining the datasets of the many organisations that generate data on Ebola, we can maximise the resources for researchers to produce evidence that reduces Ebola’s impact on patients and communities.

  • To learn more about who makes the Ebola data platform possible, read about the platform structure and collaborators.
  • If you’d like to get involved in the Ebola data platform, you can find out how to collaborate by contributing or accessing the platform data.
  • You can also find out about the research and comment on our draft research agenda.