EPI: EPIDEMIC FRAMEWORK

WHY IT IS NEEDED


According to the World Economic Forum, the list of most destructive and costly natural disasters includes infectious diseases. In this regard, Smith et. al (2014) reported that from 2000 to 2010 the count of epidemic events was 3420 in 219 nations. The World Health Organisation stated during a conference in 2017 that between 2011 and early 2017, the count was above 1000 in 172 countries.

Several studies suggest that it is necessary to implement early warning systems that indicate possible outbreaks or increased risks to increase preparedness. Currently in the field of epidemic response, there is a lack of holistic frameworks. Existing frameworks for epidemic response models are built for:

1: Specific disease models

2: Specific category models

3. Nonspecific national models

but do not combine all three elements into one model.

Kouadio, Aljunid, Kamigaki, Hammad, & Oshitani, 2012

Liao, Xu, Wang, & Liu, 2017

Han & Drake, 2016 

The goal of this project and the Epidemic Framework is to build a Risk Assessment tool for epidemics to increase preparedness and decrease response time at the community level. In particular this tool aims to:

  • Identify risk factors at an early stage.
  • Create awareness allowing for early warning.
  • Building resilience through prevention.
  • Predict the contribution of epidemic risk factors.

HOW WE DO IT


The project is currently divided into 6 phases as described below:

1: Background research

2: Data Collection for index-based framework

3: Model Creation (statistical assessment/analyses)

4: Model Deployment (create working model/ proof of concept on historical data)

5: Determine transferability & implementation strategies (Identify steps)

6: Deploy in pilot Country (Philippines earmarked)

 

WHERE WE WORK


We hope to conduct a first pilot integration in the Philippines.

 

WHEN DID WE START


The project started on the 2nd of October 2017.

WHO WE WORK WITH


We work with knowledge partners from ERASMUS MEDICAL CENTER, ERASMUS UNIVERSITY , MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY ,the IFRC might become an implementing partner and UN OCHA Philippines is an important data provider.  

Below is a list of our current team members & our “hall of fame” of previous volunteers that are an integral part reaching 510’s vision!
WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM ? CONTACT US HERE!
STEFANIA GIODINI

PhD. Astrophysics

AYZA TENG

MSc Student Public Health

FLEUR HIERINK

MSc. Student Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health

KEMAL ARSLANTAS

Bsc. Health Science

PAST TEAM MEMBERS

FLOOR LAMMERS

MSc Student Health Economics & Management

CARLA MEIJERINK

MSc Student Health Sciences

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