The BBC is helping West Africans stay up to date with news and information on ebola with the launch of a new service on WhatsApp.

Users can subscribe to the service, which is available in both English and French, by adding the number +44 7702 348 651 and texting the word ‘JOIN’ to the number. To unsubscribe to the service, text ‘STOP’ to the same number. They will then be able to receive news, messages, audio and images

“As the biggest “chat app” in use in Africa, the platform is being used as a means of reaching people in the region directly through their mobile phones,” the BBC says.

“The response to Ebola is now the BBC World Service’s biggest health information drive since its reporting on HIV/Aids in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to the WhatsApp service, the BBC is offering a range of content on radio, online and TV, including special Ebola bulletins in several languages.”

[Source – Humanipo via BBC, Image – WhatsApp]