Fighting Ebola With Data

Apr 21, 2015
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Qlik and Medair team up to fight Ebola in West Africa


Qlik proudly supports a number of aid agencies working in West Africa to deliver information and support critical decision-making. From staff recruitment to analyzing detailed clinical data to determine the targeted need for better quarantine, education and surveillance efforts, Qlik has enabled agencies to make informed decisions saving time, money and lives.

One year after the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, many are working to develop solutions to understand and prevent another global crisis. Past outbreaks and similar epidemics also alarmed health officials. The Ebola crisis, however, showed how an outbreak can quickly become difficult to contain as populations are increasingly mobile.

Data visualization has become a vital tool in improving disease management. Meaningful information supports all aspects of a response from resource allocation to tracking the effectiveness of treatment methods. Visual representations before the disease spreads are critical for supporting infection control measures, identifying gaps and most importantly moving from reactive visuals to proactive alerting.

The Medair Story

Medair entered Sierra Leone in 2014 taking on “red zone” needs to provide rapid isolation and additional bed capacity in the Western Area urban slums of the Kuntorloh community where isolation beds did not exist and the nearest treatment center was more than an hour’s drive away.

Medair’s experience and knowledge of outbreak management and mitigation, as well as their knowledge of infection prevention and control methods enabled them to rapidly provide quality isolation and Ebola treatment, as well as support to affected families quarantined at home.

With the evident need and active participation and support of Kuntorloh community, Medair assisted in scaling up efforts to break the chain of transmission and encourage community-led initiatives which can be developed and persist even after the outbreak has resolved.

By Evan Siff on April 10, 2015 3 min read