Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. recently announced that the company will help to support the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus by donating 3,000 Samsung GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones, totalling up to about US$1 million (~RM3.3 million), which the company will be donating through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project, the UN’s IT project that utilises mobile devices to provide humanitarian support in disaster areas.
These smartphones will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in three of the worst-hit African countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. By installing the UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile application, medical staff can use the smartphones to collect medical data from patients, while those quarantined will be able to contact their families.
According to Samsung, after the plague subsides, all donated phones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided. Samsung is also supporting various efforts to defeat Ebola in Africa, including providing financial support for the purchase of hazmat suits in Ghana and distribution of hand sanitizers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as launching an Ebola SMS text service in South Africa.