ESPEN Collect

In coordination with partners, Ministries of health planning disease specific assessments related to Neglected Tropical Diseases are encouraged to register to use ESPEN Collect for mobile data collection.

What is ESPEN Collect?

ESPEN Collect is a free mobile data collection tool for the national programs (Ministry of Health: MoH), Neglected Tropical Disease related NGOs, partners… in World Health Organization's African region.

ESPEN Collect is simple to use and train. Launched in August 2018, it is based on ODK (Open Data Kit) architecture.

Designed to collect data for the four Neglected Tropical Diseases responsive to Preventive Chemotherapy (PC-NTDs):

  • Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)
  • Onchocerciasis (Oncho)
  • Schistosomiasis (SCH)
  • Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis (STH)

ESPEN Collect currently supports disease-specific surveys that collect data to populate the JAP (Joint Application Package), as well as non-disease specific Coverage surveys.

How to download?

Download free with Google play at

Why use ESPEN Collect?

  • ESPEN Collect is designed to work in areas with low or no internet connection.
  • Collecting data via ESPEN Collect allows for more efficient data sharing between districts, regions and countries.
  • Once approved by country, data collected via the ESPEN Collect flows into the ESPEN Portal and are used to populate relevant fields in the JAP.
  • Countries own their data
  • Data access is restricted to specified people

What separates ESPEN Collect from just mobile data collection?

ESPEN Collect survey services offers you the support need to set and conduct the survey to collect high quality data.

The support includes:

Survey methodology/design

  1. Facilitate scientific review of protocols by dedicated subject-specific epidemiologists with WHO sign-off and protocol conforming to WHO guidance and guidelines
  2. Provide protocol template with key elements to ensure that the DSA survey collects relevant and high quality data

Data collection, management, and analysis

  1. Electronic data capture, with standardised data collection forms, and automatic encrypted data upload to a secure central server
  2. Form testing with specialist (consultant, MoH expert, partner organization…) responsible for conducting the surveys to ensure the form will collect quality data and adapted to the specificities of the disease
  3. Online dashboard setup for daily data visualization and near-real-time data cleaning using automated algorithms
  4. Data review undertaken by both specialist data managers and one or more designated health ministry personnel to ensure high quality data is available for analysis
  5. Provide requested smartphones to countries if needed

Standardized training

  1. Online access to recommended Standardized training materials.
  2. Recommendation on DSA expert trainer

Data sharing, reporting, and use

  1. Standardized prevalence outputs for data use and planning
  2. Auto-generation of EPIRF (Epidemiological Data Reporting Form) for survey reporting

Supported surveys

Lymphatic filariasis

  • Mapping
  • Sentinel site
  • Spot check
  • Transmission Assessment Survey 1 (TAS1)
  • Repeated TAS1
  • Transmission Assessment Survey 2 (TAS2)
  • Transmission Assessment Survey 3 (TAS3)
  • Clinical case estimation


  • Mapping
  • Oncho Phase (Pre-Stop MDA)
  • Oncho Phase (Stop MDA sero, Stop MDA sero)
  • Oncho Post-treatment Surveillance (PTS)
  • Breeding site assessment
  • Black flies capture

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

  • Mapping
  • Sentinel site
  • Impact assessment


  • Mapping
  • Sentinel site
  • Impact assessment

Reporting on Preventive chemotherapy

  • Coverage survey
  • Reporting on treatment and medicine use during routine mass drug administration campaign