African e-Learning App to Help Fight Coronavirus

Kenya-based NGO Amref Health Africa has launched the Jibu app, a mobile learning platform to provide real-time information and learning opportunities to health workers and medical students.

The organisation acknowledges the role the app could play in helping to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Users can engage the app to register for courses, take tests and secure certification. It will also be updated with the latest medical treatment and related information to support qualified health workers.

It took developer Rafael Muia a year to design, develop, test, pilot and implement the app, which is now available for both Android and iOS smartphone users to download and use on mobile devices.

The release of the technology could not be more timely, given the worldwide focus – and ongoing reaction to COVID-19.

Muia says: “This is a great app that can be used as a go-to place for up-to-date, authentic COVID-19 information and safety practice on avoidance, prevention and contamination control eLearning content once it is live.”

Currently, more than 2700 health workers across 15 African countries can access 41 courses that have been uploaded and more courses are scheduled to be added on demand and when opportunities arise.

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