Our work

Despite more than two dozen Ebola outbreaks in the last 40 years, the knowledge, treatment options and diagnostic certainty of Ebola remain inadequate. To address the many remaining questions on Ebola and to improve the response to future outbreaks, we have developed this research theme so that data can be pooled, standardised and made available to the research community. By pooling data, we can optimise the statistical power of research and answer key questions on the management of Ebola infections that it would be difficult to address with a single dataset.

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Project objectives

The core objective of this project is to deliver a research theme where all available Ebola data are standardised to a uniform structure and made available for research.

This theme will also serve to:

  • Support researchers in affected countries to make use of the data for research analysis;  
  • Address the research priorities of the communities affected by Ebola to improve treatment and outbreak response; 
  • Ensure that the communities affected by Ebola have access to the benefits which result from research produced with data;
  • Establish a data access theme which can be implemented to reduce the impact of future outbreaks.  

     

Outputs

By pooling data, we can optimise the statistical power of research and answer key questions on the management of Ebola infections that it would be difficult to address with a single dataset. We will provide the scientific, health and research communities and public health authorities equitable access to data through a timely, transparent sharing process, which respects the interests of those who collect the data.

We are offering support to researchers from the countries of data origin through training and mentorship in skills such as data management, statistical analysis and manuscript writing, so that they are able to undertake research using data from this theme. Our aim is to contribute to the research capacity of countries affected by Ebola.  

Through the development of this theme, the partners will: establish a multi-disciplinary collaboration equipped to deliver policy-changing evidence that supports patient care; reduce the impact of future outbreaks; and expand activities to address the health priorities of Ebola-affected countries.


For further information, please email ebola@iddo.org.