Theme governance

The Ebola research theme is overseen by a Steering Committee and managed by a secretariat coordinated by the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory. Access to data is managed by a Data Access Committee.

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Each country of data origin has a Country Representative responsible for:

  • Decisions on what data from that country are included
  • Defining research priorities by informing the development of the research agenda 
  • Guiding initiatives to engage local researchers to use the data for research
  • Supporting the approval by the local ethics committees

 

Steering Committee 
A steering committee has been established with the remit of overseeing the direction and execution of the Ebola research theme. Members of the Steering Committee currently include the Liberia Ministry of Health, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Guinea Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), Wellcome, International Medical Corps (IMC), University of Oxford, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the West African Taskforce for Emerging and Re-Emerging Infections (WATER).

 

Data Access Committee
A Data Access Committee will be appointed by the Steering Committee to review project applications and oversee the release of data, ensuring equity and responsible research.

 

Secretariat
Administration of the research theme and support, where needed, for research analysis, is delivered by the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) who act as the Secretariat. 

 

Collaborators
The research theme is made possible by a collaboration of governments, public health agencies, researchers, funders and NGOs.