As the confirmed Ebola death toll  nears 5,000, with at least 10,000 reported cases, many in West Africa are utilizing the power of new media in the fight against the disease.
One such initiative is Ebola Alert  in Nigeria:
EbolaAlert is an evidence-driven group of volunteer professionals working on Ebola Virus Disease Interventions.
It was created by Doctors but also involves active participation of other professionals from different walks of life.
The initiative uses Twitter  to post daily Ebola-related news and to organise Ebola chat sessions between experts and the general public:
You can keep abreast of all the necessary information by following our activities on twitter.
From the daily #EbolaNews that is posted between 7AM and 8AM WAT to special activities like #EbolaScience where confusing Ebola issues are cracked and clarified.
The #EbolaChat Sessions are Twitter Events where Experts from around the world are available to discuss chosen topics with the general public. There have been #EbolaChat Sessions on as many issues as you can imagine
In Sierra Leone, Hannah Foullah  is using Facebook to fight Ebola-related stigma. She is leading the campaign “Beauty for Country: I am 100% Sierra Leonean, Not a Virus” with fellow citizens Elvinah Ade Johnson and Haja Mariatu Thomas.
In a video  posted to BBC Africa's YouTube channel, Foullah says the campaign aims to reaffirm Sierra Leonean identity.
Below are some of the photos posted to the Facebook page for “Beauty for Country”:
In the United States, the Nashville-based organization United Methodist Communications  has collaborated with Chocolate Moose Media  and iHeed  to create an animated video , “Ebola: A Poem For The Living,” for use in West Africa to help dispel myths about how Ebola is spread. The video also promotes ways to prevent the spread of the disease. The group is planning to translate the cartoon into several West African languages.