Fifty years ago many people believed the age-old battle of humans against infectious disease was virtually over, with humankind as the winners. The events of the past two decades have shown the foolhardiness of that position. At least a dozen newly emerging diseases have been identified and traditional diseases that appeared to be on their way out are re-emerging.
Globally, infectious diseases remain the leading cause of death, and they are still the second to third leading cause of death in developed countries. Clearly, that battle has not been won. The WoIDMo aims to track, warn and offer help with managing infectious disease outbreaks. Especially, when vulnerable populations in low-resource settings need aid to deal with outbreaks.