UNICEF has launched an Ebola Survivor app that will give survivors in West Africa the support they need to access credible information about the disease and overcome the associated social stigma.

The app, #ISurvivedEbola, is funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Paul G Allen’s foundation which has allocated $100 million to combat the disease.

Survivors will be given smartphones to document their stories and share information about Ebola. The app will also be made available to the public.

According to the WHO, Ebola has killed more than 7, 900 people of the more than 20,000 recorded cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The virus continues to spread due to a lack of information and denial.

There have also been reports of many Ebola survivors who have been rejected by their families and communities due to the stigma that exists about the disease.

Rafael Obregon from UNICEF said: “While treatment of Ebola patients is critical, the best way to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is to cut the chain of transmission and prevent further infections; #ISurvivedEbola is reinforcing our efforts by providing this information in multiple, highly entertaining forms, including through the testimonies of actual survivors.”

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