In addition, the Abaré is using its mobile broadband connection to offer theTapajós River communities educational training programs with the support oflocal universities.
In 2011, connectivity was extended to the community of Suruacá, and Connect ToLearn, Ericsson's program that brings cloud-based education to secondaryschools, was launched.
Françoise Trapenard, president of Telefonica Vivo Foundation, said: "The region,until signal arrival of Vivo, lived the challenges of isolation imposed by thegeography of the Amazon region, is now a place for people connected. Theoriginal motivation of this project had a focus on education and health in orderto provide, through new connectivity technologies, learning opportunities foryoung riparian and streamline the activities of medical care to the populationcarried aboard the hospital ship Abaré."
Caetano Scannavino, Coordinator and Founder of Saúde Alegria, said: "Most of theworld thinks that the Amazon is just the jungle, with trees and rivers -- thatit's like a vacuum. But the Brazilian Amazon is 25 million people. My dream isthat all communities in the whole of the Amazon can be connected because theworld should know the ability, the beauty, and the intelligence of thesepeople."
Elaine Weidman-Grünewald, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility,Ericsson, says: "We're honored that the GSMA has recognized our efforts but evenmore honored to have been part of something as powerful as Amazon Connection.This is what technology for good is all about."
Recognizing the important social benefits of the hospital boat initiative, theBrazilian government has initiated a program to launch 100 additional hospitalboats. Funding for 32 of them has already been approved, ensuring they will beoperational in the near future.
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