SAN FRANCISCO – World’s leading social networking platform, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the dreaded disease.According to the Tech-Editor of PakistanTribe.com, reports revealed that social networking platform also deploying 100 satellite communication terminals to boost Internet and phone services to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the affected areas in West Africa, where the disease has killed nearly 5,000 people so far.
The devices will also help people with Ebola who have been placed in isolation communicate with their families, and health workers who’ve traveled to Africa keep in touch with friends and family back home, said Chris Weasler, Facebook’s head of spectrum policy and connectivity planning, in an interview from Ghana.
“These units will provide connectivity in places where there is no coverage,” he said. That’s because Ebola treatment units are being set up where the disease pops up, and not necessarily where there is already Internet coverage. “In other cases, (they will be) adding more capacity to networks increasingly strained from the influx of responders,” he added.
The programs come on the heels of a $25 million (Rs 1.5 billion) donation last month by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toward the Ebola response.
Facebook says that over the coming week, its users will see an option to donate to three nonprofits fighting Ebola. The groups are the International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children. Facebook says it chose charities that work directly on the ground and are able to accept money globally.