EpiNurse is short for Epidemiology + Nurses for Disaster Risk Reduction. The EpiNurse Project will equip all nurses with monitoring and surveillance tools to prevent and control infectious diseases after disasters. EpiNurse through its local action believes in managing disaster health risks and its cascading effects.
Professor Sakiko Kanbara, the founder of EpiNurse, extended the project in countries including Japan, the Philippines, Nepal, and Congo. Initially funded by the J-Rapid project with the aim of establishing a strong research collaboration between Japan and other countries, EpiNurse extended to Nepal immediately after the 2015 earthquake to assess shelter status, disaster surveillance and disease prevalence.
Based on SHINEOS+ Philippines, the EpiNurse monitoring tool consists of data collection on Living Conditions, Early Warning and Reporting System (EWARS) and Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED).