In one click, Internet users in Haiti and around the world will be served the latest news related to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) , thanks to a new platform freshly launched by the Network of Bloggers of Haiti (Rbh) on Friday March 20.
In Haiti, the news around the new coronavirus (Covid-19) circulate at the speed of light and worry just like the disease itself. Social media platforms are, for the most part, the place of predilection for the propagation of this false news.
Thus, to unravel the true from the false, the information of rumors, the Rbh sets foot in l stirrup twenty-four hours after the discovery of the first two cases of Covid-19 contamination in the country, that is, Thursday, March 19. The team launched a platform to facilitate access to credible information on the virus that the WHO has qualified as a pandemic since March 11.
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“To inform you and help you protect yourself, the Network of Bloggers from Haiti puts at your service https://coronahaiti.org, a Haitian application that allows you to better follow the evolution of COVID-19 in Haiti “, ambitions the networks in a message published on the page of this association bringing together journalists, bloggers, writers and computer scientists.
What about the application
“www.coronahaiti.org is a web application, available in two French and Creole languages, with 9 usage tabs. It allows any user of a smartphone, or any other digital tool, to access a set of credible data provided by the competent national authorities, notably the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) ”.
“Starting from the emergency number that is 43 43 33 33, passing by the home page which offers a global view on the geographic map of Haiti; practical videos; news about the coronavirus; indications on care centers; a user guide and others, the site offers a range of options to anyone who wants to use the internet to stay informed of news around the coronavirus, “explains Ludwy Jean Paul, one of the developers of the application.  This mobile application coder known by the nickname of Tilou, specifies that, for the moment, the application is not yet hosted on the Google Play Store platform for Android users or IOS for product users Apple. But, it will be as soon as the need arises. Meanwhile, one click, any user of devices allowing mobile connections can consult the site from the link https://coronahaiti.org
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“This utilitarian idea of all RBH members first translates the user philosophy of responsible behavior advocated by the RBH since its creation, but also the obligation to support the population Haitian by making good use of technological tools “, specifies Ludwy Jean Paul, computer consultant and Haitian blogger.
The latter thinks that the site is first of all the fruit of a civic and civic initiative which aims to bring a help needed in the face of the imminent danger that represents the coronavirus across the country.
Citizen solidarity in the digital world
“The application is not paying, it there are no restrictions on accessing the data either, “said Wilney Taris, president of the Haiti Bloggers Network. According to number 1 of this association: “the primary objective of this digital platform is the feeling of solidarity and the duty to serve the Haitian population, the Internet users of the country as well as those living abroad around the coronavirus”.
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Practical tool, mobile applications make life easier for Internet users around the world by offering them the world in a mobile phone, but also by making it easier for them to access a set of services without spending time, energy and money.
In a country where the number of mobile phone users With internet access, there are nearly 4,200,000 subscribers (2011), it is more than important that this digital tool be used wisely, especially in times of crisis.
During his interview with Loop Haiti, the very famous blogger, Wilney Taris, reminds that Rbh is not its first digital contribution in times of crisis in Haiti. In 2016, they collaborated through social media channels to help victims of cyclone Matthew, and in 2018, they launched the TOMA mobile app, a “fact cheker” to fight fakenews.
At the time from the writing of this article, the coronahaiti.org web application displays 6 cases of confirmed contamination and 0 cases of death; 28 suspected cases in Haiti. As of Monday, the world has grown to around 368,873 cases are confirmed, 16,277 cases of death are registered and 66,907 other cases are listed according to the latest updates made on the site of raphics.channelnewsasia.com [Marc-EvensLebrun