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* Ericsson provides access to 3G services to schools and a health clinicinthe Millennium Village of Koraro, connectivity benefitting more than 55,000people
* More than 4,000 students in two schools will have access to cloudcomputingthrough Connect To Learn program
* Community health workers will have access to internet connectivity forimproved supervision, monitoring, and guidance on health service delivery
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has provided the network infrastructure andservices tobring voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP)inKoraro located in a remote part of northern Ethiopia. With access to 3Gconnectivity more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schoolsinvolvedin the Connect To Learn initiative will now have access to modern learningandteaching resources through Ericsson's cloud-computing solution. Inaddition,community health workers in the Millennium Villages will be using mobilephonesprovided by Sony Mobile and broadband access provided by Ericsson todeliverlife-saving health care services directly to households to collect healthinformation for improved monitoring.
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President and Head of Sustainability andCorporate Responsibility, Ericsson says: "Education is key to endingpoverty andensuring a better life for people. ICT can play a vital role in providingaccessto quality classroom resources for both teacher and student, and fosteringsocial awareness and global understanding which has become a necessitynowadaysin secondary education.
"Many of the residents in this area rely on the community clinic for healthcare, with otherwise little or no access to the most fundamental aspects ofhealth care. Connecting the health clinic in Koraro is one part of a newjointcontinent-wide campaign that aims to train, equip and deploy one millioncommunity health workers throughout rural sub-Saharan Africa by the end of2015, reaching millions of underserved people." Weidman-Grunewaldcontinues.
The deployment of Ericsson's cloud computing solution in Connect To LearnatKoraro, Masho Secondary School and Megab Secondary School, includesnetbooks andwireless terminals that enable both students and teachers to accesseducationalresources on the Internet, along with basic ICT skills training forteachers.
Awash Teklehaimanot, Professor at Columbia University and Director ofMillenniumProject in Ethiopia said "the Koraro Millennium Village had limited accesstocommunications technologies, however, with the support of Ericsson, thepeoplein Koraro Cluster has benefited from 3G connectivity and Connect To Learnfacilities. Students in two secondary schools are connected to the rest oftheworld using Ericsson donated laptop computers, which will be critical toadvanceeducation in the area. Mobile phones are used by community health workersandhealth extension workers to advance community health efforts. With thesefacilities and development of our staff, the Koraro cluster will serve as acenter of excellence and a model for scaling up of ICT solutions inEthiopia"
Though it is on the decline, still roughly 10 percent of children diebeforereaching the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010, there were 500maternaldeaths for every 100,000 live births. Many people suffer unnecessarily frompreventable and treatable diseases, from malaria, malnutrition and diarrheatotuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
In Koraro, community health workers use the Open MRS (medical recordsystem) anda smartphone-based health-data management system to collect information andreport on malaria and other diseases, the number of births, and theincidence ofmalnutrition and the health status of pregnant women during householdvisits.Many of these residents would otherwise have little or no access to themostfundamental aspects of health care services.
In all, Ericsson has provided connectivity to Millennium Villages in 11countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal,Tanzania Uganda and Liberia.
NOTES TO EDITORSwww.connecttolearn.orgwww.millenniumvillages.orgwww.earth.columbia.eduhttp://1millionhealthworkers.org
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