Ericsson : Ericsson launches 3G and Connect To Learn in the Millennium Village
*Ericsson provides access to 3G services to schools and a health clinic in
the Millennium Village of Koraro, connectivity benefitting more than
*More than 4,000 students in two schools will have access to cloud
computing through Connect To Learn program
*Community health workers will have access to internet connectivity for
improved supervision, monitoring, and guidance on health service delivery
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has provided the network infrastructure and services
to bring voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP)
in Koraro located in a remote part of northern Ethiopia. With access to 3G
connectivity more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schools
involved in the Connect To Learn initiative will now have access to modern
learning and teaching resources through Ericsson's cloud-computing solution.
In addition, community health workers in the Millennium Villages will be using
mobile phones provided by Sony Mobile and broadband access provided by
Ericsson to deliver life-saving health care services directly to households to
collect health information for improved monitoring.
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President and Head of Sustainability and
Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson says: "Education is key to ending poverty
and ensuring a better life for people. ICT can play a vital role in providing
access to quality classroom resources for both teacher and student, and
fostering social awareness and global understanding which has become a
necessity nowadays in secondary education.
"Many of the residents in this area rely on the community clinic for health
care, with otherwise little or no access to the most fundamental aspects of
health care. Connecting the health clinic in Koraro is one part of a new joint
continent-wide campaign that aims to train, equip and deploy one million
community health workers throughout rural sub-Saharan Africa by the end of
2015, reaching millions of underserved people." Weidman-Grunewald continues.
The deployment of Ericsson's cloud computing solution in Connect To Learn at
Koraro, Masho Secondary School and Megab Secondary School, includes netbooks
and wireless terminals that enable both students and teachers to access
educational resources on the Internet, along with basic ICT skills training
Awash Teklehaimanot, Professor at Columbia University and Director of
Millennium Project in Ethiopia said "the Koraro Millennium Village had limited
access to communications technologies, however, with the support of Ericsson,
the people in Koraro Cluster has benefited from 3G connectivity and Connect To
Learn facilities. Students in two secondary schools are connected to the rest
of the world using Ericsson donated laptop computers, which will be critical
to advance education in the area. Mobile phones are used by community health
workers and health extension workers to advance community health efforts. With
these facilities and development of our staff, the Koraro cluster will serve
as a center of excellence and a model for scaling up of ICT solutions in
Though it is on the decline, still roughly 10 percent of children die before
reaching the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010, there were 500
maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Many people suffer
unnecessarily from preventable and treatable diseases, from malaria,
malnutrition and diarrhea to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
In Koraro, community health workers use the Open MRS (medical record system)
and a smartphone-based health-data management system to collect information
and report on malaria and other diseases, the number of births, and the
incidence of malnutrition and the health status of pregnant women during
household visits. Many of these residents would otherwise have little or no
access to the most fundamental aspects of health care services.
In all, Ericsson has provided connectivity to Millennium Villages in 11
countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal,
Tanzania Uganda and Liberia.
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