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Ebola 0utbreak 2014 : How the Text Message is Fighting the Deadly Disease

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Ebola 0utbreak 2014 : How the Text Message is Fighting the Deadly Disease

Could a TEXT MESSAGE help halt Ebola?

YES,  ‘Big data’ could be key to stopping deadly virus in its tracks – and may even help find a cure

  •  More than 8,000 people are thought to have contracted the disease, and almost half of those have died
  • Text messages are helping in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leonne with people receiving health text alerts
  • BBC has really helping  sending Whatsapp alerts that include short audio clips and photos to people at risk from Ebola
  • As well as sending alerts, social media is helping health agencies monitor trends in outbreaks by their location
  • Harvard University’s HealthMap flagged a ‘haemorrhagic fever’ nine days before Ebola was formally announced
Meanwhile , this really help in a country like Nigeria to curb the deadly virus…
4days ago  World Health Organization declare  Nigeria Ebola free country, With these Us , sierra lone and some other country have congratulate federal Government of Nigeria for stopping the deadly virus.

The Ebola virus is continuing its rampage throughout West Africa with the number of people infected doubling every three to four weeks.

According to dailymail So far, more than 8,000 people are thought to have contracted the disease, and almost half of those have died, according to the World Health Organization.

In the battle to stem the virus, health organization are turning towards data generated by social media and mobile technology – with some hoping it may even help find a cure.

 Text messages are helping in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leon with people receiving public health text alerts and sending messages about food security to aid agencies

For instance, text messages are helping in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, with people receiving public health text alerts and sending messages about food security to aid agencies.

The initiative was started by the Word Food Programme (WFP) in an effort to source information about household food security for those at risk.

So far, more than 850 people have responded to a survey which was sent to mobile phone subscribers randomly by location, and involved answering ten text messages.

‘[An] advantage of mobile data collection is that is it quicker than sending around teams to do face to face surveys around the country,’ said Jean-Martin Bauer, a WFP food security analyst.

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Researchers are collecting mobile phone mast activity data from operators and mapping where calls to helplines are located. Pictured is an example of mobile phone data collected from Côte d’Ivoire to monitor Ebola by


The Ebola virus is continuing its rampage throughout West Africa with the number of people infected doubling every three to four weeks. So far, more than 8,000 people are thought to have contracted the disease, and almost half of those have died, according to the World Health Organization. Pictured on the left is a health worker, and on the left a demonstration hoping to stem the spread of Ebola

In a public health emergency, where the situation of communities is changing by the week, this helps WFP have more timely information to shape our response.’

The Red Cross and Red Crescent also hope to extend a text message-based system used to advise people about Ebola in to seven West African nations.

The facility will allow the charities to send SMS messages to every switched-on handset in an area by drawing its shape on a computer-generated map.

Meanwhile, the BBC has started sending Whatsapp alerts that include short audio clips and low-resolution photos to people threatened by Ebola.

Within just four hours of launching the service, more than 1,000 people signed up for its Ebola alerts, which are sent in both English and French.

As well as sending alerts, technology is helping health agencies monitor trends in outbreaks by their speed, number and location.


  • Big data is the term used to describe extremely large data sets that can be analysed to reveal widespread patterns, trends, and associations.
  • The amount of data is usually so large that it requires a computer to process the information, rather than just a person or group of people.
  • Big data is usually used to better understand human behaviour and trends within society – both on the small scale and globally.

This year has seen the worst outbreak in history of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The outbreak has a mortality rate of around 50 per cent. This scene shows bodies being taken away in Sierra Leone

One example is Harvard University’s HealthMap which flagged up a ‘mystery haemorrhagic fever’ nine days before the World Health Organisation announced the Ebola epidemic.

The fever was seen developing in the forested areas of southeastern Guinea by a free online tool known as HealthMap on March 19.

The US group behind the software started putting out alerts and providing information to the World Health Organisation, which reported its first confirmed case of Ebola on March 23.

Since then, the HealthMap team has created an interactive Ebola map, free to use by anyone who wants to see where the disease is spreading.

The map, run by scientists in Boston, uses algorithms to scour tens of thousands of social media sites, local news and government websites to detect and track disease outbreaks.

It then filters out irrelevant data to identify dangerous diseases and map their locations with the help of health experts.

‘It shows some of these informal sources are helping paint a picture of what’s happening that’s useful to these public health agencies,’ said HealthMap co-founder John Brownstein.

Ebola is transmitted by human contact, which means knowing where people are moving can provide valuable insight to researchers trying to contain the outbreak.

‘Big data has really changed epidemiology,’ Madhav Marathe, director of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory told International Business Times.

Mr Marathe has been working with the U.S. Department of Defense for almost a decade to help track diseases like and predict how they might spread.

In addition to using information send via text message, the team have turned to updates on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

A project by the group, dubbed ‘#HackEbola’, gathers the data put out by local ministries of health and publishes the results online.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collecting mobile phone mast activity data from operators and mapping where calls to helplines are located.

While this data has proved valuable, experts claim that more resources are needed to analyse the data faster.

If they manage this, scientists believe big data analytics could help provide an off-the-shelf Ebola vaccine.

But that may still be some way off. ‘We’re learning all this from scratch – we’ve never had this level of data before,’ Qlik’s David Bolton told the BBC.

‘So it’s probably too early to say whether big data analytics is having a meaningful impact on the rate and spread of the disease, but at least it is helping us decide where to allocate our resources.’…

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  1. Sunday

    October 26, 2014 at 5:32 am

    The World needs anything that can facilitate speedy cure and elimination of the Ebola Virus today. It good news that government and organizations are stepping up the fight with communication technology.

    People should be aware of what the EVD is all about so they can take more precautionary measure. A helpful piece!

    I have shared this comment in where this post was found.

  2. Aras Androck

    November 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I hope it won’t be like that Influenza outbreak. Yikes!

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10 Prestigious Masters Scholarships For Africans That Accept Second Class (2/2) Or Third Class Yearly

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10 Prestigious Masters Scholarships For Africans That Accept Second Class (2/2) Or Third Class Yearly
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If you are among a long list of students who have been wondering why there aren’t any scholarships for students with a degree in lower second class or Third class, keep reading.

Many of these scholarships are often sponsored by organisations or large families in conjunction with the granting universities. Those that offer them usually consider them an investment rather than a gift. It’s no wonder scholarships have very taut strings attached.

Some of the conditions for awarding these scholarships may include some or all of these:

  1. Academic merit
  2. Employment potential (absorbing student into the donor organisation after studies)
  3. Expectation of maintaining a certain grade point average
  4. Suitable career goal
  5. School or Organisation representation in activities
  6. Community/Region affiliation
  7. Leadership potential

Although finding scholarships that don’t take into account the academic merit of a student requires a lot of effort, it is possible to get scholarships with other considerations. Hence, here are 1o Masters degree scholarships offered annually to students with Lower Second Class or Third class. These scholarships are renewed every year. These scholarships are renewed every year. Therefore if the deadlines are passed, they will be updated in due time. If not, apply soon.

1. Australia Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students – with at least 3rd Class
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.

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With , You are Safe from Being Scammed Online.

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Scam is what most internet geek refer to as a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value..

One of the problem facing Nigeria’s business world is the ever growing persistence of people who perform scam activities.

Scammers as they are fondly called, operate every where, either online or offline. A famous principal Researcher at Microsoft , Cormac Herley says in one of his article titled “Nigerians Try To Stop Nigerian Internet Scammers” that Nigerian Scam‘ is now one of the suggested auto-completes in a Google search for Nigeria. This indicates the high occurence of the fradulent activity and people’s unending desire to avoid being scammed.

Dating site, Forum sites and large marketplaces in Nigeria give room for scammers, because they confuse people with amazingly cheap things.

Often times, people who have been scammed in one way or the other discourage other from trading in such business platform based on their experience

There is a general notion that all Nigerian free online classifieds Ads website are scam full., is unfortunately, not an exception.

Some people try to use JiJi with their selfish illegal purposes just because it serves as an arena that provides buyers and sellers the avenue to meet and exchange goods and services.

Since inception, there have been controversies whether or not one can be scammed JiJi.

Just last week I received a mail from of my readers asking How true or scam free is

However, The management of Jiji has declared its zero tolerance for scammers on it’s website.

In a press release available at our disposal, Jiji clearly addressed the issue of scam and how it solved the problem.

Read Details Below…
jiji against scam


What we do with scammers? wants their users be safe. And, if it detects fraudsters on the site, they will be removed forever.

Our uniqueness is in our method of fighting scammers. We always try to ensure that only honest, real people are buying and selling on our site, and we help them to do this more comfortably. So we decided to show you how our “fighting” works from a technical point of view, and “acquaint” you with most of the known internet scammers in Nigeria. You should know them by sight and beware.

In addition, we hope scammers will understand that their conduct is unacceptable and stop their nefarious activities.

How do we find serious fraud on JiJi?

Every Jiji user can complain about suspicious, scam ads. You should just push the button “Something wrong?” and then choose the reason for your suspicion (for example, it is illegal; seller asked for prepayment; it is spam).

jiji image 1 has an important step of blocking ads – user’s verification. Only real people, who have already been registered on the site and approved their e-mail, may apply for the blocking advertisement.
If user gets 2 requests for ban – he automatically will be blocked by system
Remember, there are two types of complaining on users – serious (marked with red color) and not serious (marked with yellow color). If one persons picks up five not serious complaints – he or she will be also blocked.

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Why don’t we ban a user after the first complaint?

A market place is a place where all people are competitors. So, we don’t necessarily trust the first request for a block. Some people want to get rid of competitors on JiJi by such methods – just pushing the red button once.

That’s why JiJi has a serious approach and bans only real scammers. Its special smart algorithm checks the veracity of complaints and if the complaint doesn’t pass on certain criteria, the system ceases to be taken into account and does not react.

Do you have other ways of detecting fraud?

Definitely, yes! JiJi’s team of professionals every day monitors news on different sites, forums and reviews about frauds in Nigeria.

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For example, when we found this review on Linda’s blog about scammer OLUKIA TOSIN on JiJi, we were outraged. He was immediately banned! ONUKA TOSIN is no longer a user on
Here is one example of his ads. Be careful with anything similar!


Similar reviews about fraud on were also encountered on other sites and blogs. And we do with other scammers the same – block forever!
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We want to thank everybody who is not indifferent to this problem, and helps us to detect scammers on online marketplace! We want you continue to adhere this philosophy.

One blocked fraud equals thousands of people who save their money.

Take care of yourself and other honest Nigerian people. If you have encountered a fraud, please inform JiJi’s administration, or submit a request to ban the site’s user.

All scammers will be excluded from JiJi! We instantly react to any information about them!

And remember:
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Jiji is scam free, why don’t you give it a try. A visit to the site unveils a bring-it-on impression, as the services they offer virtually cuts across every human endeavour; According to their slogan “The best place to sell anything to real people. Be scam smart and Street wise.
Incase of any comment , suggestion and advice , you can follow and tweet at jiji using this or “@jijiNigeria..
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Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

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Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

Thirty years ago, the .com Internet domain was born. In case you’re not familiar, the companies and organizations that hand out Internet addresses use top-level domains like .com to organize the addresses. While it seems difficult to remember a time when .COM didn’t exist, the exponential growth of the industry has been relatively recent. In 1985, only six domains were registered. That number grew to 223 in 1990 and 9,005 in 1995, but exploded to over 20 million in 2000. In early 2015, more than 116 million domains were registered.
On March 15, 1985, the first .COM was registered to This turning point marked the beginning of an industry that revolutionized business and entertainment on an international level. Readily available information at our fingertips has dramatically impacted daily life. Today, nearly three billion users access .COM domains each day. From personal websites and dating sites to online shopping, social media, and news sites, the .COM invention sparked a variety of other domains, such as .EDU, .GOV, .NET and .ORG.

Happy Birthday .COM! Celebrating 30 Years of Internet History

With more than 3 trillion users accessing sites each day, the .COM domain created a platform for some of the world’s most influential people and companies to showcase and promote their brands. Take a look at these stats of .COM users.
Geekzone reports that , From, which registered its domain name in 1994, and Google, which registered as a domain name in 1997, to small and mid-sized businesses more recently registered, such as,, or, which was registered in 2015, .COM is the global online standard for doing business. .COM addresses are your best choice for making your online identity recognizable, easily found and trusted on the global Internet.

“.COM is more than just an address. It’s a globally recognized and respected brand itself that nearly every major global brand, including 100 percent of the Fortune 500, has entrusted with their online presence,” said Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer at Verisign. “.COM turning 30 represents a shared milestone for us all and a celebration worth commemorating.”

While Internet growth and adoption has been primarily concentrated in North America for the last 30 years, today, Internet users in North America account for 19 percent of the total number of Internet users globally. As global Internet adoption and growth is accelerating outside of North America, .COM’s global brand appeal, instant recognizability and rapid growth in overseas markets illustrates .COM’s growth in parallel with Internet adoption.

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