As the scourge of Ebola ravages Africa, other parts of the world, and forces the cancellation of the Africa Media Initiative (AMI)’s annual conference, Nigerian-born Information technology expert, Chris Uwajie has developed a mobile APP to create public awareness to people on vital information about Ebola. Named EBOLA MOBILE REPORT CENTRE, Uwajie’s innovative step will help to save lives especially in the climate of misinformation and disinformation about the disease.
Meanwhile, The African Media Initiative (AMI) has pledged to use its extensive media networks to support governments and people to fight the Ebola crisis in Africa. It has therefore called on its members to join the open call to action against Ebola launched by prominent Africans.
The African Media Initiative is the continent’s largest umbrella association of African media owners, senior executives and other industry stakeholders. AMI’s mandate is to serve as a catalyst for strengthening African media by building the tools, knowledge resources and technical capacity for African media to play an effective public interest role in their societies. This mandate includes assisting with the development of professional standards, financial sustainability, technological adaptability and civic engagement.
Ebola disease has forced The African Media Initiative (AMI) to postpone the 7th African Media Leaders Forum, which was due to take place from November 12-14th 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of precautionary measures to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into South Africa, the Department of Health last week issued a travel advisory for travelers, especially those coming from affected countries.
The AMLF is a Pan-African event with approximately half of the delegates coming from West Africa. The current travel advisory, and the bleak outlook provided by international medical agencies, including Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has forced this postponement.