"Already, regions with growing numbers of suspected Ebola cases have been pinpointed and the delivery of urgent supplies such as soap and electricity have been sped up.
"We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it," explained Dr Uyi Stewart, chief scientist of IBM Research in Africa."
The fact that a lot of places still don't have access to soap and electricity shows a huge economic barrier to fighting Ebola. It's often claimed that it's poor areas where infectious disease outbreaks will happen, because they simply don't have the infrastructure to deal with outbreaks. At least by eradicating Polio, Guinea Worm, & Yaws we will reduce the disease burden in countries around the world making it easier to deal with future outbreaks of other diseases; but we also need to go further and eradicate as many diseases as possible. Infectious diseases is a global problem that affects all of us.