Across Africa, relief organizations use texting to fight Ebola | mobihealthnews

While a tiny percentage of Ebola cases are popping up in the United States and Europe, the epicenter of the disease is and remains in West Africa, an area where mobile health initiatives are often deployed, especially those that take advantage of text messaging and other short message services. Texting is a good way to educate a large swath of the population so they can identify symptoms of the disease early, seek medical care, and avoid contaminating others.

Already, the latest Ebola crisis has seen efforts from IBM, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the UN World Food program, and the BBC, all using texting or mobile messaging to help contain the spread of the disease. Here’s a round-up of the texting-related efforts in West Africa today


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