Unifying and improving health monitoring in Europe and around the world
With climate change, animal and human mobility, growing populations and urbanization, there is now an increased risk of the emergence and accelerated the global spread of new pathogens. It is crucial that the emergence of a pathogen can be rapidly detected and assessed for the risk it poses to public health through all all the availble sources of data.
The EU-funded MOOD project is taking advantage of data mining and analysis of big data to enhance the utility of event-based surveillance (EBS), utilising reports, stories, rumours and other information transmitted through formal or informal channels including blogs, hotlines and social media. Ultimately, MOOD is supporting the work of European and global public and veterinary health agencies by providing existing monitoring platforms with methodological and practical support in response to their needs.
Coordinated by CIRAD as part of the EU H2020 programme, MOOD has a budget of 14 million euros and brings together 25 partners from 12 countries including research institutions, public health agencies and veterinary services to unify and improve epidemic intelligence tools and services. This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874850 – MOOD.
By using our experience to identify and interpret the most relevant data, we can support public health agencies and help decision makers react faster, and appropriately, to emerging diseases.
4 steps to improve epidemic preparedness and response
on epidemic intelligence systems in European countries with different socioeconomic statuses, geography, climate, and surveillance methods. This is focused on Spain, Finland, France, Italy and Serbia;
with the epidemic intelligence stakeholders in these countries to characterize their systems and then jointly assess their needs in terms of epidemic intelligence tools and services;
Based on indentified user-needs, tools and services will be developed in close collaboration with end-users, together with the design and distribution of training programmes (hackathons, summer schools) to ensure their uptake;
MOOD’s output will be made available to the European Centre for Disease Control and the public health agencies involved in the project, and disseminated in Europe and beyond, particularly in the global South; Tools or services will be open source (as much as possible) and available free of charge, or at a moderate cost, to achieve sustainability.