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ITU launches ‘Ebola-Info-Sharing’ mobile app




The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a free mobile Application (app) for use in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak, reports ITRealms.

The "Ebola-Info-Sharing" mobile App, ITRealms gathered 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. 

He also said that mobile app would not only enhance prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases but would also strengthen healthcare systems through improvements in emergency response, healthcare practitioner support, healthcare surveillance and administration.

Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau said that with such unprecedented computing power in the palms of mobile population it is imperative that it should be harnessed via 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," he said.

ITRealms recalls that the App is currently available for Android mobile devices and will soon be available for iOS devices. It, has two main components:
News and maps as well as contacts and interactive forum.
 

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