Facebook has joined forces with NetHope, a consortium of 41 leading international NGOs, by donating 100 mobile satellite communication terminals for deployment in remote areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to battle the Ebola virus.
Communication and access to information have been identified as crucial to containing the deadly Ebola Disease Virus ravaging some West African countries, the organisations said.
The mobile terminals will facilitate access to vital information about the disease in the region, Facebook said noting that the facility will provide voice and data services that meet the highest priority needs of medical and aid workers.
These terminals, called Broadband Global Area Network devices, communicate via satellite and provide mobile broadband and telephony services to people fighting the deadly disease.
According to Facebook, response organisations estimate that for each patient, at least 10 other people will provide health care, contact tracing and other services that may require telecoms.
NetHope will deploy the terminals to help medical and aid workers with contact tracing, communication, case management and community mobilization in areas where there is little or no communication facilities.