What were the key barriers and enablers to research data sharing during recent cholera epidemics in two West African countries.
Research data accessibility and sharing among stakeholders at the global, regional and field level, is essential to ensuring infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response. This is particularly true in the case of pathogens causing explosive epidemics, such as Vibrio cholerae.
EpiLinks conducted a retrospective case study on data sharing during cholera outbreaks in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.
Using in-depth interviews and a concise literature review, we documented and analysed practices and perceptions among stakeholders who were involved in surveillance, laboratory, and social sciences during preparedness and response to Cholera outbreaks.
The main objectives were to better understand:
- barriers and enablers to research data collection and sharing
- how data shaped research responses to these outbreaks
- the conditions for research data timeliness, accessibility, transparency, and quality