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

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:42am EST

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  STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, Feb 14 (Marketwire) -- 

* 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

    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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