Evaluating a Real-Time Bio Surveillance Program : Pilot Project

New and re-emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza and tuberculosis continue to pose a serious threat to the world's most vulnerable countries. There is growing consensus that timely and effective information on the incidence of disease at the household and community levels is key to predicting and preventing full-blown outbreaks. Moreover, it is hypothesized that information and communication technologies (ICTs) - particularly in the form of low-cost pervasive devices such as mobile telephones - can play an important role in collecting and communicating data in a timely and effective manner.

This grant will allow LIRNEasia to pilot test a health-related information gathering system based on mobile handheld devices and wireless networking in India and Sri Lanka. The project is expected to reduce delays in communicating information on disease outbreaks and set a standard interoperable protocol for communicating with national and international health-related organizations in the region.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, July 11, 2008

End Date

Friday, December 31, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 368,700


India, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Nuwan Waidyanatha



Institution Country

Sri Lanka

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