DIAMOND-R: Digital Applications to Monitor Novel coronavirus Disease and Response in Colombia - syndromic and vaccination surveillance

This project was led by Andrés Vecino-Ortiz, MD, PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, in collaboration with Sandra Agudelo-Londoño, PhD from the Institute of Public Health of the Javeriana University of Bogotá, Colombia. It was financed through a grant granted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). IMEK Research Center in Marketing & Development is a consultant to the project.


The general objective of the project was to: “Determine the feasibility of the use of telephone technologies to strengthen epidemiological surveillance actions and the acceptability of COVID-19 vaccination by the population residing in Colombia, 2021-22”.


Our Foundation supports the project in formative research from the Social Sciences to characterize the perceptions, attitudes and social representations around vaccination against COVID-19 by the population residing in Colombia. Additionally, we led a co-design process to develop voice messages about vaccination agains COVID-19 that would be part of an mHealth communication intervention.



Funding agency or consulting client

Pontificia Universidad
Javeriana, Bogota


Project completed



  • Castro-Barbudo, D., H. Franco-Suarez, O., Aya Pastrana, N.,   Agudelo-Londono, S M., Guzman-Tordecilla, D N., Maniar, V.,  Vecino-Ortiz, A I. Communication interventions to promote vaccination uptake: A systematic review protocol. medRxiv 2022.08.25.22279223; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.08.25.22279223
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Stephanie Aya Pastrana, MSc
Adherent Member


Stephanie is an architect from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali with a master’s degree in Urban Strategies and Design from the University of Edinburgh. She has professional experience in the design and development of architectural projects of different scales, also developing research projects related to the quality of public spaces in Cali (Colombia) and sustainable construction. She currently works as a consultant and full-time professor at the Faculty of Creation and Habitat of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali.