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Rivals Throw Support Behind UN Africa Covid-19 Tracker

– Mobile World Live

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Chris Donkin (Mobile World Live)
  • 26 June 2020

A new digital health app will allow people to share their health information

People using the app can submit information about their health status so that authorities can track the spread of coronavirus, and provide support to people who are affected.

“MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter said operators had agreed to waive charges for the USSD-based service as ‘chances are that many people battling the pandemic in some rural areas may not have airtime’”.

The platform will reach 600 million mobile users in 36 countries, with plans to extend further.

Launching the service, the ECA said it provided two-way communication between citizens and health authorities, and had the potential to reach 80 per cent of Africa’s mobile users at no cost to the individual

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