In 2014, when Sierra Leone was hit by the Ebola outbreak, three local software developers kept the country's infrastructure working by rewriting it to #FLOSS. They saved hundreds of thousands lives when companies like Google and IBM backed off, calling the project too risky.



And their own recollection of the events with some technical descriptions:



@alxd IMO the most important thing to take away from this is the fact that when IT infrastructure mega-giants like Google and IBM could not (read: would not) contrib for political/business roadblocks, A small but motivated team created something truly amazing with FOSS solutions, within weeks, that saved countless lives. Even if the aformentioned companies tried to tackle what Emerson and his counterparts achieved, they would have failed. And they know it.

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