In much of Western Africa, disease spreads faster than information. The lack of reliable Internet severely impacts the ability of local and foreign organisations to track and control diseases, such as the Ebola virus.
We created 'Spread', a social platform and medical tool built for Africa.
Spread facilitates mass conversations without the need for an Internet connection, via a USSD (unstructured supplementary service data) protocol.
This world-first 'offline' social network is used to track the movement of the Ebola virus in real-time, helping to enable local groups and coordinate international aid efforts.
The result is a tool that empowers African nations to create and control conversation around the Ebola virus, and to take initiative in its prevention and containment.