Dr. Godwin Ubong Akpan is the Regional Lead for Innovation and Data Analytics at the World Health Organization (WHO). Godwin is responsible for disease surveillance in the Africa region (AFRO) and has successfully used ODK's data collection platform for ambitious projects like eradicating wild polio from the continent.
Before ODK, WHO was manually collecting data using paper forms, a slow process, but one that had always been good enough. WHO upgraded their data collection to ODK during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa when it became clear that their manual process was preventing timely decisions that could save lives.
The old process was slowing down the outbreak response because the contact tracing team was managing hundreds of paper forms. The data from the paper forms needed to be transcribed and analyzed to identify how the outbreak was progressing. Godwin and his team knew their manual process was too slow to change the course of the outbreak and so made the switch to collecting data with ODK.
"Using ODK was a game changer for Ebola."
Godwin's team move from paper forms to ODK transformed how quickly WHO could respond to the outbreak. It was a game changer because ODK could: