Data sharing

Sharing data is critical to fighting infectious diseases and being prepared for future outbreaks. Combining data from different studies and locations increases sample sizes, so that subtle trends or sub-population effects can be identified with higher statistical certainty. This, in turn, supports improved health policies, and the development of control and containment measures. 

It is critical to share data on neglected and emerging infections because of the low volume of data available, the ongoing challenges in recruiting trial participants in the context of clinical trials and the shortfall of commercial interests.

IDDO brings together clinical, laboratory and epidemiological data to answer scientific and operational questions so that researchers and clinicians can improve diagnosis and treatment of patients and help to ensure co-ordinated and effective responses to neglected and emerging infections.

IDDO is committed to ethical and responsible data sharing principles that ensure that data contributors have control over the use of their data and are appropriately acknowledged.