UN launches African coronavirus health information app


The UN’s Economic Commission for Africa has launched the Africa Communication and Information Platform for Health and Economic Action thta will use AI and big data to provide two-way communication between citizens and health authorities. It will launch in 36 countries, with more to come as others sign up. The service will potentially research 80% of Africa’s mobile users at no cost to them, and will collect health information from individuals to allow authorities to identify local outbreaks and hotspots. The platform will also offer advice and support. Project partners include Safaricom, Smart Africa, The African Union, the World Bank, and the World Health Organisation.

Writer: Chris Donkin
Publication: Mobile World Live