Sunday, January 4, 2015

UN Launches App #ISurvivedEbola 

UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency is working on the campaign called #ISurvivedEbola, which entails encouraging people in the three West African Ebola afflicted countries to share their experiences. The platform for the sharing is a mobile application, on which survivors are able to post videos, pictures, and testimonies about Ebola. Due to the generous funding of $100 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s foundation towards Ebola counteraction efforts, those working on the project are able to give smartphones to people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to give them the opportunity to share their Ebola stories. The aim of the campaign is to not just inform the viewers of the egregious experiences which those inflicted with Ebola have been through, but to elicit empathy by bringing Ebola to them through allowing them to experience it vicariously.

By Mariam 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/isurvivedebola-un-launches-app-fight-virus-stigma-n279426
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/04/ebola-survivors-west-africa-mobile-app-stories-outbreak

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