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Haliborange Ebola facts - Senegal's aggressive Ebola campaign

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The West African nation of Senegal was able to manage and rid its country of Ebola by launching an aggressive, large-scale public-education campaign about the deadly disease.

They used a novel SMS-driven platform originally designed to help people manage diabetes, along with its rapid infectious-disease control programme.

The ministry of health, through partnership with major phone mobile operators, sent out four million SMS messages to the general public, warning of the dangers of Ebola.

Senegal had one Ebola case, which resulted in successful recovery - a young man who had direct contact with an Ebola patient in Guinea and then travelled by road to Dakar. The World Health Organization declared Senegal Ebola-free on October 17.