Helmholtz Association


At a glance

Is a research organisation that pursues long-term research goals of the state and society in order to preserve and improve the basis for human life.

In action

Smartphones and algorithms can make an important contribution to stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic during a lockdown. In the fight against the coronavirus, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting a software that was originally developed by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in 2014 in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The tool is currently being rolled-out in Nigeria and Ghana. At the moment, GIZ is working on its nation-wide implementation in other African partner countries.

SORMAS – early warning of epidemics via software

The open-source software captures real-time disease control data to enable surveillance, early detection and containment of infectious outbreaks such as Ebola, measles, avian flu and cholera.

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