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How Free WiFi can help stop Ebola crisis

  • By Alan Knott-Craig
  • November 1, 2014

The problem is there are not enough healthcare workers in the Ebola countries.

 

You can’t reasonably expect healthcare workers in countries like the USA to travel to an Ebola region, risking infection and death (nevermind loss of income and time away from family).

 

So how do you connect the people who need healthcare with the people who can provide it? The Internet.

 

Deploy massive public free WiFi zones in the Ebola areas. Most Africans have access to a WiFi-enabled smartphone (at least one device per family).

 

The problem is they simply can’t get on the Internet, either because 3G is too expensive or there is no coverage.

 

Providing free WiFi is the single biggest intervention that can address the shortage of health care workers in Ebola regions.