Philip Joubert, a technologist from South Africa, was en route from Cape Town to California in late 2014, when the Ebola outbreak grabbed his attention. “Going through airports and seeing the warnings made the crisis quite real to me,” he recalls. He and his brother, Malan Joubert—cofounders of Journey Apps—decided to leverage their expertise to create Ebola Care, a mobile app that aims to support aid workers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

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