PollAfrique and the Ghanaian Tech Front Against Ebola

MEST | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


A coalition of healthcare professionals and developers has launched Ebola Ghana Alert, a mobile service that provides Ghanaian residents with accurate facts about the Ebola outbreak that has taken the lives of over 4,000 West Africans.

The coalition is made up of teams from VOTO Mobile, iSpace, Farmerline, ThoughtWorks, Oasis Websoft, Ghana Health Nest, and PollAfrique (of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology).

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While there are currently no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana, this initiative exemplifies the local Ghanaian technology community banding together to provide one line of defense.

To use the service, Ghanaian residents must dial *713*444# (currently available on MTN and Airtel), send, and choose from different menu options. In addition to learning Ebola facts, users can take a short Ebola symptoms survey. After a short series of yes/no interactive questions, the survey recommends whether the individual should seek medical attention.


PollAfrique built on their expertise in developing mobile solutions for African market and social research to contribute to the Ebola Ghana Alert project. The PollAfrique-powered USSD application disseminates relevant information even to basic feature phones, making it possible for those in the furthest reaches of the country to receive the latest Ebola information and check their symptoms.

To learn more about the Ebola Ghana Alert project, visit: ebolaghanaalert.org.

About PollAfrique

PollAfrique is a web and mobile service for market and social research in Africa via SMS, USSD, IVR, and email channels. Also, PollAfrique provides the convenience of a diversified pool of African respondents. This enables researchers to reach targeted demographics, and improve realtime response rates through incentivised surveys.

For more information about PollAfrique, visit pollafrique.com and contact PollAfrique CEO Samuel Dzidzornu at samuel@pollafrique.com.