Ericsson launches 3G and Connect To Learn in the Millennium Village in Ethiopia

Ericsson launches 3G and Connect To Learn in the Millennium Village in Ethiopia 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/13 --  
* Ericsson provides access to 3G services to schools and a health
clinic in
the Millennium Village of Koraro, connectivity benefitting
more than 55,000 people 
* 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 for teachers. 
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 Ethiopia" 
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. 


 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
www.connecttolearn.org
www.millenniumvillages.org
www.earth.columbia.edu
http://1millionhealthworkers.org

 
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