In 2014, we establish cooperation with an infectious disease team at the Australian National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) to utilise the Smart Health Project resources in infectious diseases research and surveillance at Hajj in Saudi Arabia.The Smart Health Project funded the development of a novel smartphone app to track traveler during their Hajj and collect infectious disease data, we also provided anovel approach to collect data using SMS messages:


1- Alqahtani AS, BinDhim NF, Tashani M, Willaby HW, Wiley KE, Heywood AE, Booy R, Rashid H. Pilot use of a novel smartphone application to track traveller health behaviour and collect infectious disease data during a mass gathering: Hajj pilgrimage 2014. Journal of epidemiology and global health. 2015 Aug 13.

2- Alqahtani AS, Wiley KE, Tashani M, Heywood AE, Willaby HW, BinDhim NF, Booy R, Rashid H. Camel exposure and knowledge about MERS-CoV among Australian Hajj pilgrims in 2014. Virologica Sinica. 2016 Jan 18:1-5.

3- Alqahtani AS, Wiley KE, Willaby HW, BinDhim NF, Tashani M, Heywood AE, Booy R, Rashid H. Australian Hajj pilgrims’ knowledge, attitude and perception about Ebola, November 2014 to February 2015. eurosurveillance. 2015 Apr:60.


Ongoing Projects:

1- The feasibility of using smartphone application to collect infectious disease data in Hajj in Arabic Language. (principal investigators: AlQahtani A. & BinDhim N)

Stage: Pending Recruitment (Hajj 2016)

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