Press Release : ITU launches “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile application

Mobile apps are critical emergency telecommunications component responding to epidemics

Geneva, 19 December 2014 – ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak.

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.

“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,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “The “Ebola-Info-Sharing” App not only 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,” said Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Partnerships are key to the success of a collective global response to fight epidemics like Ebola.”

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