Samsung will donate 3,000 smartphones, worth about $1 million, to support the ongoing fight against Ebola. The devices will be donated through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA), and will be used in UN’s Humanitarian Connectivity Project. Said project utilizes mobile devices to provide humanitarian support in disaster areas.
The Korean company will give away GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones to be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in the three worst-hit African countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. By installing the UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile app, medical staff on the ground will be able to treat patients and collect medical data, while also allowing quarantined patients to contact their families. And to make sure the disease doesn’t spread from there, all donated smartphones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided.
Aside from donating phones, Samsung is also supporting other initiatives to defeat Ebola, 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.