The Ebola-Info-Sharing mobile
application was launched by the ITU on 19 December 2014. The free to download
application is to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak.
The App is intended to facilitate 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.
For more information see the Press
Mr. Brahima Sanou’s interview with UN Radio.
What is it?
This mobile App has been developed based on inputs from organizations involved in the Fight Against the Ebola Crisis who are working directly on the ground, in the Ebola-affected countries. The App focuses on sharing precise information, locations and focal points related to Ebola with the public and organizations.
Official news and key points on the map are available to the public.
Organizations have specific features for sharing useful information with staff on the ground and other organizations, including contact and information repositories. These features are dedicated to organizations and protected by login/password combination.
Available for Android devices via the Google Play Store and will soon be available for iOS devices via the Apple App Store.
Organizations wishing to use the application should either sign-up through the Sign-up form within the App or email
Several staff of registered organizations will be given access to the App’s administrative website for managing the users of their organization.
Qualities of the App
The App has been specifically designed and developed to have the best chance of functioning and being useful in areas of troublesome Internet connectivity due to intermittent connections and low bandwidth, such as can be the case in some of the Ebola-affected countries.
Fully multilingual interface, English/French
Ultra low bandwidth requirements
Full offline mode, including offline low-detail map
Search for each major feature of the App, including offline filtering
The home interface contains general information and statistics along with any settings such as language choice.
ITU aggregates various official trusted news sources related to Ebola, removes the images, compresses the text for minimum bandwidth usage and presents the articles in a mobile-friendly way.
More official news sources are being progressively added, but the current list includes:
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Food Programme (WFP)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
The app contains a fully offline low-detail map of the Ebola-affected region (West Africa). The map can be searched for cities and points of interests which have been added by organizations registered with the app.
Key points or markers are continuously added to the map by the registered organizations. Comments ensure that information about the key point can be updated regularly. Key points can represent different types, including: Hospitals, Pharmacies, Emergency Treatment Centers, etc.
The “Contacts” section of the app provides two areas for sharing contacts. This section is only available to registered organizations.
The first section, “Shared Contacts”, is a common section of contacts shared between all the registered organizations.
The second section, “Private Contacts”, is a section dedicated to sharing contacts amongst the staff of the current users’ organization.
For each contact, specific information can be added regarding the contact’s relation to the fight against the Ebola Crisis, including specific role related to the Ebola Crisis and local contact details.
Questions and Answers
The “Questions and Answers” section of the app provides a simple discussion forum for the various registered organizations. The goal is to provide a quick and easy knowledge repository that remains instantly searchable and extremely bandwidth efficient. This section is not open to the public.