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Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App • 2015

Ebola Survivors Across West Africa Share Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App 

‘Yes, I Survived Ebola’ Says Guinean Woman in First-Ever Message Sent Through the Interactive App

#ISurvivedEbola, the groundbreaking West African multimedia campaign, has launched a new, interactive mobile app that allows Ebola survivors to connect with each other, share public health advice, and update the world on the challenges they still face during their post-recovery lives. 

The innovative digital tool debuted in Guinea on January 5. It is being piloted by the first Guinean survivor to share her story with the #ISurvivedEbola campaign. The updates from the app appear on the newly launched #ISurvivedEbola website, which also houses the stories of a growing community of Ebola survivors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. 

In the first-ever message sent via the mobile app, Camara “Fanta” Fantaoulen of Guinea stated in French, “Yes, I survived Ebola, thanks to the help of the brave healthcare workers who treated me. And I’ve learned that together, we can defeat this virus and protect our families and communities.” 

After losing her father and five other family members to suspected or confirmed Ebola, Fanta believed her death was imminent when she tested positive for the virus. Thanks to a combination of early treatment, strict adherence to her treatment plan, and sheer determination, Fanta recovered from the virus and is now providing psychosocial support to Ebola patients. 

View Fanta’s survivor story video here: A Pillar of Strength and Support for Fellow Ebola Victims: Fanta’s Story of Survival and Solidarity: 

The mobile app is the latest component of the #ISurvivedEbola campaign, which leverages survivor stories from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to deliver vital public health information about Ebola to affected populations, and to reduce the stigma faced by Ebola survivors. A key way in which the campaign does this is by documenting survivor stories in video, audio, and print formats; then disseminating these stories broadly via local, national, and international media, online platforms, and other distribution channels. Educational radio dramas that tell fictional yet reality-based stories of survival, and radio call-in shows that feature Ebola survivors as guests, are among the equally important campaign activities.

Funded by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, #ISurvivedEbola is part of the #TackleEbola initiative and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s commitment of at least $100 million for Ebola relief. The campaign is implemented by PCI Media Impact in collaboration with UNICEF. 

Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions, states, “The mobile app really changes the face of this campaign by empowering the people of West Africa to share stories about Ebola and survivorship with each other and the world.  The app gives a human face to survivorship and has the potential to create a sense of community in which the survivors, rather than being stigmatized, become leaders and heroes in this fight. The new digital components of the campaign extend our reach beyond West Africa, allowing these very moving, personal stories to be seen and heard globally.” 

Currently, campaign staff in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are providing each survivor who has shared his or her story through the campaign with a smartphone installed with the app, thereby enabling these individuals to use the technology to share information about their lives after recovery. The smartphones and the app were provided and developed with support from the charity fundraising website GlobalGiving. Campaign staff expect survivors in all three countries to begin utilizing the app within two weeks. The mobile app updates will be shared globally on the newly launched #ISurvivedEbola website. 

With the release of the app and launch of the website, the #ISurvivedEbola campaign has completed Phase I of its roll-out in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. With active distribution of campaign products across radio, print, digital, and video platforms in West Africa and beyond, the #ISurvivedEbola campaign is also continuing to add stories of hope and resilience to the world’s focus on the Ebola outbreak. These stories include two additional survivor story videos from survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively. 

The latest Liberia video introduces the world to Decontee Davis, a 23-year-old who overcame Ebola but lost her fiancé to the virus. Decontee now works in an Interim Care Center for children who have come in contact with Ebola patients and are under 21 days of observation. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to the disease. In the new Sierra Leone video, audiences meet Aminata Kargbo, a university student who, after surviving Ebola, has arisen as a leader in efforts to educate her fellow countrymen and women on the benefits of early treatment.  

View the two new videos here: Mother of Many: Ebola Survivor Decontee’s Mission to Help Children Touched by the Outbreak, and The Power of Early Treatment:  Aminata’s Story of Ebola Survival and How She is Using it to Help Others. 

“The campaign is really accelerating, especially in the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak,” said Sean Southey, CEO of PCI Media Impact. “We began in early December with the launch of the campaign and release of the first survivor video out of Liberia. Then, the campaign launched educational Ebola-focused radio programs in Liberia and released the premier survivor story out of Sierra Leone. Now, we have activated the mobile app, released the first survivor story out of Guinea, and launched a website that will allow concerned citizens throughout the world to join the movement.” 

The multiple #ISurvivedEbola campaign products and activities are reinforcing the existing work being done by organizations like UNICEF in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to spread key messages on Ebola to the public. 

“While treatment of Ebola patients is critical, the best way to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is to cut the chain of transmission and prevent further infections,” said Rafael Obregon, Chief of the Communication for Development Section at UNICEF. “As the global UN lead for the Social Mobilization Pillar of the Ebola response in West Africa, UNICEF is at the helm of efforts to stop transmission by working with national governments and partners to educate the public in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea about how to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the virus. #ISurvivedEbola is reinforcing our efforts by providing this information in multiple, highly entertaining forms, including through the testimonies of actual survivors.” • APO (Jan '15)

Comm apps • MWC 2014

Time to forget Whatsapp?

SECAPP – secure communication app – was used in the 2014 Olympic games for secure organisation communication. With SECAPP you can deliver real-time information to individual people or groups based on location, availability and more. Lightning fast two-way communication with military grade security and reliability makes SECAPP unique solution when compared to other communication solutions leaking critical information to third parties. In addition to Olympic games, solution has been used by Finnish police. SECAPP has been developed together with Magister and University of Jyväskylä. • 25-2-14 

Magister Solutions is a Finnish company that has unique collection of world class expertise and products in the area of mobile, satellite and security technologies. Magister has already established trusted partnerships with both Finnish and global manufactures, vendors and operators by providing software products meeting tight requirements set by organisations such as European Space Agency and Nokia. Magister’s software products are complemented by high quality R&D services leading to new commercial solutions or standards for Magister’s customers. Out of Magister’s personnel 80% are PhDs or PhD students, marking Magister as one the most qualified companies in Finland.


Africa • Energy sources • Nov 13

Most Powerful Solar Chargers To-Date to Launch at AfricaCom

Five hours of talk with one hour charge:  powers 2G, 3G, 4G phones & tablets for individuals & entrepreneurs

Featuring ground-breaking technology and an affordable cost structure that quickly turns to profitability for telecoms, World Panel Inc.  will launch a suite of powerful handheld solar chargers at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, Nov. 12-14.

The World Panel 500 and 1000 portable phone chargers will be unveiled for the first time at the largest African telecom conference, to showcase a solution for the revenue gap caused by charging difficulties, and provide branding opportunities for wireless carriers, their partners and OTTs, with colorful units that pack a lot of consumer appeal.

 A key feature of the new chargers is the patented ‘direct-from-the-sun’ technology that charges a phone as fast as a wall outlet and allows for a low price-point as well as remarkable durability. 

Utility-grade materials  from the solar industry are used in the construction of the rugged devices so they can endure the harshest environmental conditions in the Sub-Saharan. 

solar_panelA full array of accessories including powerbanks, lights and charge-on-the-go backpacks will also be on display at the Booth P7 at AfricaCom.  The chargers can power any USB device and can be linked together using our patent-pending PowerLink to double or triple the output.

“I arrived in the Sub-Saharan in 2011 with a solar prototype for boiling water and left with the clear message that people wanted a better way to keep their phones charged,” said World Panel CEO John Anderson. 

“After an intense R&D and testing period, I am returning to Africa to launch a line of patented chargers that meets the requirements of those I interviewed:  it is as fast as a wall plug, it will last, and the price is right.  Income generation is possible also for both entrepreneurs and the telecoms since 10 phones can be charged in a day.”

Recent independent tests performed on the chargers show that the most popular phones in Africa charge in an hour, which provides five to six hours of talk time.  Blackberry smart phones charge in two to three hours and provide three to four hours of talk and data time. 

Test reports for charging Nokia phones, Samsung, iPhone, iPads, etc. will be available at the show and upon request.  In-booth demonstrations with sun simulators, including charging while under water, are also available at P7.

Meetings with U.S. and European executives from World Panel are being scheduled now for Nov. 12-14 in Cape Town with operators who would like to discuss preferred pricing at the show. 

By eliminating the charging costs associated with phone ownership in many areas, and allowing for fast and easy charging for up to 10 phones per day via free sun energy, operators can review programs that recoup the cost of the chargers within a few months and generate ARPU for years to come. 

On-the-go charging can pave the way for more airtime purchases and smart phone use.  World Panel will offer attractive co-branding and bundling opportunities to those interested in adding mobile electricity to their line of subscriber services. 

GSMA states that charging solutions represent a $3.37 billion USD opportunity for the operators, and the U.N.’s energy initiative has published that African telecoms suffer a 20% revenue loss due to unreliable phone charging.

Exclusive arrangements are in place for multi-colored solar cells to be used in the manufacturing process, allowing for various color combinations in the finished products and specific branding requests.  World Panel Inc. is prepared to take orders at the show and products will be available in early 2014. • Source: APO (5-11-13)

World Panel Inc. is a triple-bottom line company (people, planet, profit) founded by solar expert and entrepreneur John Anderson.  On a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa, it became apparent that mobile electricity was in demand, and cell phone charging was of particular interest.  

Equipped with requests from citizens there that a charger be powerful, durable, affordable and portable, Anderson developed the World Panel to charge 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE handsets, and all USB devices.  A suite of chargers, based on the patented direct-from-the-sun technology, will debut in November 2013 at AfricaCom in Cape Town. 

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Mobile services • MWC 2014

Effective solutions in mobile services by Digital Grass Group

An engineering company, Russian «Digital Grass Group» uses the latest technologies based on smartphones and smart-cards.

The company develops products for banks, insurance companies, mobile operators, transport companies, certification centers, public utilities, manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services.

Digital Grass Group presents its three products at MWC-2014 such as mobile payment service Check-n-Pay, Technological platform “Card Cluster” and smart navigation system in buildings SmartPointer®.

Check-n-Pay is new payment service for private customers. It is a new opportunity to build a friendly way of interaction. Now suppliers can send an invoice to customers directly to their mobile devices. Possibility to pay for goods and services directly from smartphone helps the customer to make a quick decision on payment. This solution accelerates a number of payments. In Russia Check-n-Pay is already running into production and soon it will be available in the USA and Europe.

Technological platform «Card Cluster» gives an extension for conventional payment card. Introduction of this solution distinguishes smart-card services on the market and improves financial returns from the private or corporate clients. «Card Cluster» allows to implement various services such as bonus programs, transport passes, campus access, fuel projects, club cards, bank services, etc., in smart-card or smartphone.

Owners of large commercial, transport and sporting buildings will be interested in smart navigation system SmartPointer®. They can use it not only to inform clients about their location and points of interest in the building, but also to monitor and gather statistics about their movement.

SmartPointer ® for shopping center improves customer loyalty and increase sales by growing attendance and actual information about discounts and promotions.

Visitors of shopping and business centers, airports, stadiums and museums will be able to receive full information about the surroundings, to build the shortest route to the place, to organize a meeting, to plan the shopping, to receive information about sales and find their car in the parking lot.

Vivid interest is aroused by a company’s products. Many visitors are companies’ CEOs and representatives who are willing to collaborate.

Digital Grass Group’s solutions were specially created for remote services and determine the future of retail. Mobile technologies become more popular sales’ instrument because it’s easy to create reliable and flexible environment for business cooperation. • 2/14

Tanzania • Social projects • Nov 13

Tigo set to change lives of children through social entrepreneurship

 Interested candidates are invited to present their innovative ideas online by applying through the Tigo Tanzania website

 Tigo in partnership with Swedish non-profit organization Reach for Change launched today the ‘Tigo Reach for Change’ initiative, which focuses on identifying and supporting local social entrepreneurs with solid ideas on improving the lives of Tanzanian children.   

Tigo Tanzania General Manager Mr. Diego Gutierrez said, “Statistics show that children less than 18 years of age constitute almost half of Tanzania’s population. But to date the investment in addressing their needs is not proportionate with their share of the population or their role as tomorrow’s leaders and human capital. Investing in children is the single most important investment in national development’’.  

Mr. Gutierrez added that “Tigo has for many years been deeply involved in addressing challenges concerning children and youth in Tanzania. We believe the most effective way to bring about sustainable change is to empower motivated individuals with the right tools to bring to life innovative ideas that can change their society. Tigo Reach for Change initiative allows us to do just that!” 

Interested candidates are invited to present their innovative ideas online by applying through the Tigo Tanzania website. Each application will be reviewed by a panel of experts and the strongest and most promising applicant will be invited to join a three year incubator programme where their ideas will be transformed into sustainable ventures. In addition to this, they will receive funding of USD 25,000 a year for up to three years, as well as mentoring and professional advice from senior employees of Tigo.  

For the duration of the 3 years programme the social entrepreneur's business idea will undergo evaluation to ensure that they attain required key performance indicators until their project is fully developed and self-sustainable. 

Children in Tanzania have right to participation, development, protection, freedom from discrimination and an identity.

“Despite the progress made to date in fulfilling these rights a lot need to be done to ensure children grow to their full potential hence become contributing members of the society. We are determined to address challenges which hinder children development/realization of their rights by empowering local individuals with solutions that will improve lives of children. We believe that local problems are better solved by local individuals who thoroughly understand the issues at hand. This is the second year in a row that we are partnering with Reach for Change and there has been great impact from the winning projects from last year. We are looking forward to this year’s applications with great expectation", said Woinde Shisael, Tigo's Corporate Responsibility Manager. 

Last year’s program received over 1000 applications. The three winning projects included an initiative to empower children with disabilities with vocational skills; mobile classes for street children; and a project aimed at bridging the rural-urban digital divide. All the projects are still ongoing and are changing the lives of many children across Tanzania. • Source: APO (8-11-13)

Reach for Change is a non-profit organization established in Sweden and co-founded by Kinnevik, the founding company of Millicom. The search for social entrepreneurs first began in Sweden in 2010, followed by Russia in 2011, before embarking, in that same year, as a pilot project for Africa in Ghana, which has recently reported an improvement in the livelihoods of over 140,000 children.

Tigo started operations in 1994 as the first cellular network in Tanzania. It now covers 30 regions in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.  Tigo strives to be Tanzania’s most innovative mobile phone operator, offering services ranging from affordable mobile voice communications to high speed Internet access and mobile financial services through Tigo Pesa.

Tigo is part of Millicom International Cellular S.A (MIC) which provides affordable, widely accessible and readily available cellular telephony services to more than 45 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Africa and Latin America.

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