by Sajda Qureshi
Health Equity, Information Technology for Development, 22:1, 1-14
When news broke on 23rd July 2014, that a case of the deadly virus Ebola had been confirmed in Lagos, home to about 21 million people and a major transportation hub, the World held its breath. Nigeria was able to contain Ebola through concerted efforts in identifying, isolating and interviewing victims while using mobile signals to track potential threats. Using the latest Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the Nigerians, with the help from the World Health Organization (WHO), were able to quickly trace contacts and map links between identified chains of transmission.