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Rwandan Telcos partner with AU in Ebola Solidarity Campaign Kigali, Rwanda.
December 9, 2014. Telecommunication companies in Rwanda and across Africa have united to partner with the African Union (AU) Commission to garner resources in support of Ebola affected countries in West Africa. The initiative, known as The Ebola Solidarity Campaign will use an SMS dedicated platform to raise funds from citizens for the deployment of African health workers to affected countries.
At a recent Business Roundtable on Ebola hosted by the AU, telecom operators committed to efforts by unveiling an Africa-wide campaign dubbed “United Against Ebola”. It will focus on donations from the various customers of the Telecommunication companies, and the funds realized from the campaign, which will span three months, will be channeled into fighting the Ebola Virus.
Addressing the media at a joint telecom press conference held at the offices of the Ministry of health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Rwandan Minister of Health said, “The campaign being launchedin Rwanda today is an important milestone toward mobilizing resources to help our sister African countries devastated by the Ebola outbreak. It is great to see telecom companies come together in efforts to avert the spread of the virus.
” Speaking on behalf of the Rwandan telecommunications service providers, Airtel Rwanda Managing Director, Mr. Teddy Bhullar said, “Mobile communication remains the most powerful communications tool providing reach to larger populations. The use of mobile phones for this campaign offers us an opportunity to Rwandans to collectively support countries affected by this deadly disease as well as drive action beyond borders. On behalf of partners MTN and Tigo, we are privileged to join Africa in the fight against Ebola.
” The AU has partnered with several telecom companies across Africa including Airtel Africa, MTN, Tigo, Orange, Vodacom and Safaricom to raise funds from a potential 300 million subscribers that will ultimately go towards improving responsiveness to the disease.
The SMS fund-raising campaign will use the short code 7979 across Rwanda and the continent and requires customers to text ‘Stop Ebola’ to this codeine order to donate. Telecommunications companies from 41 countries across Africa are participating in this campaign. The cost per SMS across all networks in the country will go for Rwf150.
Reports from WHO indicate that as of October 29, a total of 4951 deaths have been reported since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the largest outbreak on the continent and is currently prevalent in four countries – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali.
For More Information contact:
- John Magara-Tel: 0731000070, E-mail:John.Magara@rw.airtel.com
- Teta Mpyisi- Tel: +250788312537, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alain Kayihura-Tel: 0722 123, E-mail Alain.Kayihura@tigo.co.rw
- Nathan Mugume- Tel: +250788567373, E-mail email@example.com
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