Facebook : Coming Together to Fight Ebola
In times of crisis, people turn to Facebook to learn about what’s happening, share their experiences and offer support.
In the past few months, Ebola has directly impacted the populations of multiple countries in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization, there have been over 13,000 cases of this deadly disease around the world.
Today we are announcing three initiatives that we hope will help fight Ebola:
An easy way to donate – a Donate feature to raise awareness and funds for International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children
Health education – collaborating with UNICEF to show information on Ebola symptoms and treatment to people in targeted regions on Facebook
Emergency voice and data services – working with NetHope to provide vital communications capacity to medical and aid workers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
An easy way to donate:
Organizations involved in the fight against Ebola are using Facebook to raise funds for their relief efforts.
We want to amplify these calls for action and help organizations raise awareness and connect directly with people around the world. Over the next week, people on Facebook will see a message at the top of News Feed with an option to donate to three different nonprofits doing important work on the ground in West Africa: International Medical Corps, the Red Cross and Save the Children.
To do this, we are using our Donate feature, where people can donate directly to one of these three organizations. If they want to, people can also choose to share that they donated on Facebook.
All of the money raised will go directly to the charities working on the ground. Please visitfacebook.com/fightebola to learn more.