Who are the partners ?
The partnership for this innovative project is composed of 5 teams :
2 consulting companies specialized in satellite data processing :
1 malaria epidemiology research unit from the French Army Health Service,
2 entities specialized in tele-epidemiology :
The two consulting companies SIRS and SERTIT have a long history of collaboration with CNES. Both have been, and still are implied in the validation of technological choices of new sensors (ATS Pleiades HR for example).
SIRS, founded in 1989, specializes in the production of data and services in the field of Earth observation, in the following areas : agriculture, environment, urban planning, forestry and defence.
SERTIT is the Strasbourg University valorisation service. Initiated in 1987, it has developed remote sensing tools and rapid mapping products. It has a real expertise in assistance in management risk, particularly in emergency situations. SERTIT has also some experience in epidemiology as it is involved, with the support of CNES, on the monitoring of schistosomiasis in China.
IRBA : Institute of Biomedical Research of the Armed Forces, ex-IMTSSA (Institute of Tropical Medicine of Army Health Service). Founded in 1905, the Institute contributes to the medical support of military forces, including 20,000 troops deployed in overseas tropics area operations. Located at Marseille, it is center for teaching, research and expertise in tropical medicine. It conducts studies on epidemiological and entomological risk of malaria and the fight against this disease.
EEOS-Malaria is coordinated by SIRS, which also manages the purchase of images and materials, as well as the expert missions. Scientific coordination for spatial data exploitation is provided by SERTIT, working closely with IRBA, which provided scientific inputs for malaria transmission understanding. Epidemiological indicators will be developed jointly by SIRS and SERTIT in response to IRBA needs, and based on the experience of CNES, OMP and IRBA in the field of malaria risk mapping.