International SOS unveils free Ebola App for mobile devices

13 November 2014

London

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International SOS has released a new mobile app designed to help share its medical and travel information on Ebola.

The free app is now available on iOS and Android devices. It will provide online, instant access to key sections from International SOS’ dedicated Ebola website. 

Doug Quarry, Medical Director for Information & Analysis at International SOS said:

“The ongoing Ebola outbreak has become a global health emergency where rapid communication of advice and information is absolutely critical. We know people want up-to-date, accurate information as quickly as possible.

They want it from a trusted source. And in today’s multimedia world they want it in their hands wherever they are. We designed this app to try and help meet that demand.”

App features:

• Latest news and developments on the Ebola outbreak
• Maps of affected areas
• Key sections available for offline viewing
• Content automatically updated
• Video: Ebola – What business travellers need to know
• Push notifications send key information to phones
• Live International SOS twitter feed

The app is part of a wider International SOS communications initiative aimed at supporting the global fight against Ebola.

Organisations in West Africa and beyond are using International SOS’ educational material, which has so far been translated into 21 local languages. Public awareness broadcasts are available and the app includes access to the video: ‘Ebola – What business travellers need to know’.

The International SOS dedicated Ebola website (www.Internationalsos.com/ebola) has been made freely available to all, removing the normal requirement for membership access. This site currently has around 10,000 visitors a day.

Dr Quarry continued:

“Every day we continue to get new calls from our members who have questions on Ebola. These might be calls from organisations with operations in West Africa, or from employees sitting at their desk in Europe. 

These members can get the latest, updated information from us alongside easy access to the key facts. And with our freely available website and now the new Ebola app, the wider public can access this expertise too.”