Text Message Campaign Helped Senegal Stop Ebola Outbreak, WHO Says

Media sources report on the WHO’s announcement that a text messaging campaign helped Senegal stop a local Ebola outbreak.

CQ HealthBeat: Text Messaging Aids in Ebola Fight, WHO Says
“…Senegal’s recent stamping out of Ebola was achieved not only through its rapid infectious disease control work but also by using a novel approach relying on text messages, the WHO said in a posting on its website Tuesday…” (Reichard, 11/4).

WHO: Government of Senegal boosts Ebola awareness through SMS campaign
“…Through the SMS campaign, launched in partnership with major mobile phone operators in Senegal, people were encouraged to alert health authorities of anyone showing signs of a fever and bleeding by calling a toll-free number. The messages were shared ahead of large-scale public events, including football matches and rallies…” (November 2014).