The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a free mobile app to be used in the campaign against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging some West African countries.
The “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis and offers the general public access to the latest Ebola news from official sources including an interactive map on Ebola, according to the UN specialised agency for the global ICT industry.
Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau says “Information and communication technologies are now critical components of emergency telecommunications not only when natural disasters strike, but also during epidemics such as the Ebola disease outbreak.”
“The “Ebola-Info-Sharing” App not only, according to ITU, enhances prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases but also strengthens healthcare systems through improvements in emergency response, healthcare practitioner support, healthcare surveillance and administration.”
“With such unprecedented computing power in the palm of our hands it is imperative that we harness mobile technology to serve humanity and especially in combating epidemics. Partnerships are key to the success of a collective global response to fight epidemics like Ebola.”
The App is currently available for Android mobile devices and will soon be available for iOS devices.