Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is stepping up its efforts in the fight against Ebola by adding a button on its platform that will make it easier for users to make charitable contributions. TheStreet’s Amelia Martyn-Hemphill reports that the social media giant will also deploy satellites in West Africa to enable communication among aid workers as well as patients.
“The new addition will make it easier to donate to Ebola charities fighting the epidemic in West Africa. The donation button can be used globally and will be linked to three non-profitable organizations working directly on the ground, “said Martyn-Hemphill
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) will reportedly deploy 100 satellite terminals in Ebola affected areas in West Africa, to be used to provide reliable internet services to assist in communication. Last month CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Wife Priscila Chan donated $25 million to aid the Ebola response.
This year’s Ebola menace is the biggest in History having resulted in the death of nearly 5000 people; mostly in West Africa. Organizations in line to receive donations from Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) include The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies as well as the Save the Children. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has said it chose the three groups because they accept money globally and are involved first hand in the fight against Ebola.
The satellite terminals setup by Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) will be of great help especially in areas where there is no coverage as they will provide internet and voice-calling access. The devices will also help people placed under quarantine to communicate with their loved ones and family members while in isolation.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) donations button comes in the wake of reports that Ebola aid donations have lagged behind other large natural’s disasters donations in the past like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The American Red Cross at the moment reports it has received $3.7 million in Ebola relief, a small percentage to $486 million that was raised for the Haiti earthquake.
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