Safaricom, Ministry Of Health And Korea Telecom Partner For Epidemic Prevention Platform

From left, Vice-President Sustainability Management, Korea Telcom, Myung-gon Chung, Product Manager, Technology for Development, Safaricom PLC, Violet Njuguna, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability Management Department, Korea Telcom, Woori Cho, Head of Sustainable Business & Social Impact, Safaricom PLC, Sanda Ojiambo and Senior Manager, Technology for Development, Safaricom PLC, Benjamin Makai.

Safaricom  has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Korea Telecom (KT)  to launch a disease surveillance and awareness project that will enhance the country’s epidemic preparedness and control.

 Safiri Smart is part of Korea Telecom’s Global Epidemic Prevention Project and is aimed at helping the Ministry of Health prevent the transmission of infectious diseases such as Ebola from entering Kenya.

 “This solution will see Safaricom subscribers who opt in to the service receive important information about any epidemics that have broken out at their travel destination including prevention, measures and symptoms. Such partnerships that help keep our communities safe are crucial in our quest to fulfilling our vision of Transforming Lives,” said Stephen Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom.

From left, Vice-President Sustainability Management, Korea Telcom, Myung-gon Chung, Korean  Ambassador, Permanent Representative to UNEP & UN-Habitat, Choi Yeonghan and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom PLC,  Steve Chege.

 Users of the platform who travel to areas with ongoing epidemics will receive information as soon as they land in the affected country.

 “Kenya is a major transport hub and the risk of contracting a notifiable infectious disease cross border is high. Mobile phones can be a great tool in promoting public health. We are therefore pleased with this partnership that will increase disease surveillance in Kenya,” said Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health.

 Safaricom subscribers can access Safiri Smart by dialing *265# from their mobile phones.

“Global telcos have a unique opportunity to help prevent contagious diseases from spreading by sharing crucial information with their subscribers at the right time and in the right format. We are dedicated to championing these efforts as part of our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, said Myung Gon Chung, Vice President, Sustainability Management Department, Korea Telecom.



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