Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems (HERoS)

The Corona-virus outbreak is continuing to spread. By beginning of February, the number of infected people surpasses 42,000 infections, and the death toll continues to rise. As authorities and responders are struggling to contain the spread, news about mass quarantine camps or shortages of personal protective equipment threaten the health systems globally, fuelled by rumours and mis-information.
The disruptions of (medical) supply chains, the lack of capacity to treat patients and the spread of rumours fuel an atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust, hampering an effective response. While traditional models of disease outbreaks largely focus on infection rates, new methods are needed to integrate behaviour from the bottom up, and integrated in macro-level models to coordinate the response world-wide.


Date: 2020 - 2023

Objective: The overall objective of HERoS is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. HERoS creates and provides policies and guidelines for improved crisis governance, focusing on responders to public health emergencies, and their needs to make informed decisions. HERoS further improves the predictions of the spread by understanding and modelling the impact of local behaviour on the spread of the disease. Furthermore, HERoS improves the management of medical supply chains for preparedness and response, as well as evaluates the impact of cascading effects across global supply chains. 

Funded by: EU (H2020 project under the H2020-SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020 funding scheme)

European Union's official project information

Key partners: Hanken School of Economics (HUMLOG Institute), TU Delft, VU Amsterdam, The Open University, NHG Consulting Oy, CBK, Squadron, Polish Center for International Aid, Arttic, Italian Red Cross, Project HOPE

Projects members at Hanken: Gyöngyi Kovács (Coordinator), Sudipa Sarker, Abdelsalam Hamid Abakar, Ioanna Falgara Sigala

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