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Waiving Ushahidi Basic Plan fees to support COVID-19 response

Angela Oduor Lungati
Mar 18 · 3 min read

The WHO recently declared the novel coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19 a global pandemic. Over 136 countries have confirmed patients infected with the coronavirus.

Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) epidemiological data since 22 January 2020. Compiled on by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering

In response to the growing need for platforms like ours to surface additional information and support coordination efforts, we want to do our part in making Ushahidi accessible to those who need it.

As a result, for the next 90 days, starting March 18th 2020, we will be waiving full fees for the Ushahidi basic plan, allowing all users to access the full feature set of the platform. Sign up for a hosted deployment here, and use the coupon code 100OFFCORONAVIRUS. For more info on how to use it, here’s our full user manual.

You can find more useful resources at

While we’re happy to support anyone seeking to deploy the platform to support response efforts, we *strongly* advise that you

  • Follow guidelines and directives as issued by the local authorities and health departments
  • Avoid sharing misinformation and fake news
  • Avoid storing any personal information that is not absolutely critical for your work. Really ask yourself if you need to know something before you ask people for it. For instance, if you do not have a good reason to ask for someone’s name or address, don’t ask.
  • Do not store medical information with data that can be linked back to a person, such as people’s symptoms and their medical history.

Support existing projects in your area as opposed to starting new ones. Here is a list of some ( Not conclusive, but just a few) :-

We will continue to update this list with projects as they come up. Feel free to get in touch with us if you are running a corona-related deployment, or if you have any questions.

Stay safe.

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