Lagos - One of the world's biggest technology firms has launched an initiative to support the country's preparedness for future outbreaks of the Ebola virus.
IBM has donated its Connections technology to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government to ensure the country's readiness.
Nigeria’s Lagos State Government hosts an Ebola Operations Center that coordinates disease containment efforts on behalf of the Nigerian government and other organizations.
IBM’s technology donation will help strengthen the coordination of public health emergency response teams and ensure that the Lagos State Government is able to manage and respond to any new reported cases of Ebola or future epidemics.
IBM’s Connections technology has a proven track record in humanitarian disaster response situations.
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It provides health workers and administrators with a reliable and secure digital platform to work together virtually and in person, enabling them to securely share documents, identify experts, exchange video, chat and audio messages, provide updates, tap into information via mobile devices and hold virtual meetings.
Storing information securely and conveniently in the digital cloud means that vital information can be accessed by authorized users anywhere.
IBM has previously provided similar technology in other crisis situations around the world to support collaboration and coordination amongst response agencies.
In 2010, SmartCloud supported a post-Haiti quake effort called Colleagues in Care, which helped doctors in Haiti learn from doctors in the US and elsewhere.
The Chilean Red Cross used the platform to establish a disaster command center following the 2010 Chile earthquake.
The platform was also used by agencies in the US following Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and for flooding recovery activities in Colorado in 2013.
IBM is broadly offering access to its IBM Connections cloud-based platform to all government agencies and non-governmental organizations working to stem the spread of Ebola.
Nigeria has taken a leadership position in the fight against Ebola and has recently been declared free of the disease.
- CAJ News