Ooredoo and Pact Myanmar have signed an agreement to provide vital mobile health clinic services in Central Myanmar. The services will include two mobile clinics which will support 143 villages, improving access to basic health and nutrition services for over 75,000 people.
In addition to increasing coverage of basic health services, the project will provide lifesaving treatment to 700 children under the age of five suffering from severe malnutrition and in critical need of care. The project will also support the township health department in strengthening its health management information system (HMIS) by providing mobile technology to improve data quality and efficiency.
The Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics Initiative provides healthcare services in rural areas that do not have easy access to medical facilities. Launched in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation in 2013, the programme aims to reach two million children by 2016, focusing on Ooredoo’s markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Initial funding for the project has been provided for one-year, but the agreement between the partners will be valid for 5 years, offering the possibility of a longer-term health program with broader coverage. Starting in December 2014, Pact will extend clinical services to an area currently served under an existing, successful community health and livelihoods project implemented by Pact.
At the signing ceremony, Ooredoo CEO Ross Cormack and Pact Country Director Richard Harrison affirmed that this landmark Public-Private Partnership has great potential for leveraging the resources of the private sector, and the technical skills and local connectivity of the public sector to measurably improve the health and development of people in Myanmar.
Ross Cormack , CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said “On behalf of Ooredoo, I’d like to thank Pact and Leo Messi for their partnerships in our Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics Initiative and we are excited about everyone’s commitment to visit and see the mobile clinics in action. And we are sure both organisations share our vision for enriching people’s lives and promoting human growth. We believe there is huge opportunity to promote better health for children in Myanmar.”
About Pact -- Pact is a promise of a better tomorrow for all those who are poor and marginalized. Working in partnership to develop local solutions that enable people to own their own future, Pact helps people and communities build their own capacity to generate income, improve access to quality health services, and gain lasting benefit from the sustainable use of the natural resources around them.
Pact is currently active in 2,923 villages in 30 townships nationwide, including Kayah State, and Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, and Yangon Regions. With financial support from USAID, Chevron and Coca-Cola, Pact is actively improving the health and livelihoods of 1,542,110 individuals nationwide through integrated programming that increases access to health services, supports economic empowerment, builds water and sanitation infrastructure and strengthens community governance. Globally, Pact is at work in 29 countries building local promise for lasting development solutions.
About Ooredoo Myanmar
Ooredoo, the mobile telecom operator bringing crystal clear voice calls and fast internet to Myanmar, announced the availability of its life-enriching services in August 2014. In June 2013 Ooredoo was awarded a licence to operate in Myanmar. The past twelve months have been spent laying the foundations for Ooredoo to become an integral part of the nation’s daily life. Ooredoo Myanmar offers a wide range of life-enriching, exciting and customer-friendly mobile communication services through its next generation network. These services provide a platform for human growth and empowerment and are designed to help people achieve their full potential and businesses run more efficiently.
About Ooredoo Group
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in South East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. The company was named “Best Mobile Operator of the Year” at the World Communication Awards 2013.
The company reported revenues of US$9.3 billion in 2013 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 95 million people as of 31 December 2013.
About Leo Messi Foundation
The Leo Messi Foundation stems from an initiative launched by Leo Messi with the support of his family and striving to ensure that children around the world enjoy equal opportunities to make their dreams come true. Since 2007, it has been working tirelessly to accomplish its mission on behalf of children and adolescents whose health is at risk.
Whether on a national or international level, the projects conducted by the Foundation all focus on education and health, particularly the battle against Childhood cancer, Malaria and Chagas disease.
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