Infectious diseases have the potential to result in serious cross-border public health threats. Management of this type of crisis remains a serious challenge due to the number of people involved, the different legal, administrative, professional and political cultures, and the lack of transboundary crisis management infrastructures.
Trilateral has joined 37 organisations from across the EU (and beyond) in a Horizon 2020 project that aims to respond to these challenges over the next two years. The STAMINA project was officially launched in September 2020 with a virtual kick-off meeting that brought together all project partners, who have now made good progress towards building a platform that will provide improved decision-making technology to pandemic crisis management practitioners at a regional, national and European level.
The STAMINA solution will assist national planners, regional crisis management agencies, first responders and citizens by achieving five key goals:
- Create a set of guidelines and best practices to improve preparedness and response
- Provide stakeholders with novel, easy-to-use software tools that complement EU-level systems
- Increase diagnostic capability
- Improve cooperation between and within the EU Member States and neighbouring countries
- Ensure the sustainability of the STAMINA solution
The STAMINA tools will be developed using a combination of pre-existing state-of-the-art procedures and technologies not currently used by health emergency planners or first responders in Europe in their daily practice of pandemics management. An intelligent decision support toolset with a map-based interface will be the main technical outcome of the project.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has shown us all the importance of having the right tools to manage a pandemic situation. This global crisis has not only affected our health but all aspects of society. STAMINA aims to contribute to this crucial effort by providing solutions for the preparedness and response phases of the emergency management cycle and facilitate intelligent evidence-based decision support. Our research will be developed using the experience gained from many of our partners dealing with the response to COVID-19, as well as historical data from previous health crises.” – Eva Jaho (EXUS, Greece), STAMINA Project Coordinator
One of Trilateral’s key roles within STAMINA is to manage the project’s research ethics, by considering the extent to which the development of the STAMINA system may pose ethical risks, and what measures are needed to mitigate unwanted negative impact, and to ensure the project complies with GDPR standards.
Our data science team will develop a real-time web and social media analytics tool to monitor public trust and flag possible disease outbreaks. The tool will monitor web searches, news and social media for mentions of the outbreaks of disease and classify social media status updates to identify key reliable accounts for monitoring the quality of information and enable more informed decision-making at a policy level.
The use of the STAMINA methods and tools will be demonstrated through 12 national and regional small-scale demonstrators and the project’s outputs will be presented at the EU Summit event organized by STAMINA during the last phase of the project. The consortium consists of organisations from a diverse range of disciplines, including:
- Decisionmakers, policymakers, national planners and public authorities
- Health care workers, regional emergency management agencies, first responders and NGOs
- Social scientists, (bio)informaticians, research organisations, IT experts
For more information on the STAMINA project please visit the website: www.stamina-project.eu