Ebola Content Added to Internet.org App

Content related to the Ebola virus has been added to the Internet.org application that was released in Zambia in July, in an attempt to halt the epidemic, PCWorld reported.

AttentionEbola650Content related to the Ebola virus has been added to the Internet.org application that was released in Zambia in July, in an attempt to halt the epidemic, PCWorld reported.

The new content includes frequently asked questions about Ebola, information on how it is contracted and how the virus can be prevented, and advice for health workers on how they should respond, according to PCWorld, and UNICEF will add related information and continue working with Internet.org as the app is rolled out to other nations in Africa.

Internet.org product manager Andrew Bocking told PCWorld:

Everyone deserves access to basic services like critical health information.

And Zambian Health Minister Joseph Kasonde told IDG News Service:

It makes me happy to know that the message on Ebola is being put across for free through Facebook. Therefore, I urge people to utilize the service fully.

Internet.org — the global partnership formed in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to “connect the next 5 billion people” — had already offered free access to Zambia uReport, a texting service aimed at providing young people with health information, and Facts for Life, a source of information for mothers on how to care for their children during health emergencies.

Other services that can be accessed free-of-charge via the Internet.org app are: AccuWeather, Airtel, eZeLibrary, Facebook, Google Search, Go Zambia Jobs, Kokoliko, MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), Messenger, Wikipedia and WRAPP (Women’s Rights App).

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