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Connecting Africa

Connecting Africa 

We’re working with SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity that helps orphaned and abandoned children. Together, we’re getting 30 African communities online. You can see the difference it makes in our video below or take a look at our case study.

Using satellite technology

Satellites are connecting children to the internet, helping their education. They can go on courses or get mentored online through SOS Children’s Villages. We’ve promised to run these satellites for three years.

The whole network is built using equipment we’re either not using enough, or would have otherwise thrown away. And our engineers teach the charity’s IT teams to run it all, so the project will keep going long term.

Benefiting communities

SOS Children’s Villages also uses the connection to manage and run the communities – which includes schools, medical centres and community programmes. So we directly help 145,000 people, and indirectly another 600,000.

Find out more about Connecting Africa in our infographic

Delivering better and lower cost healthcare

During 2015 we launched the next phase of the programme with plans to radically improve healthcare for seven of the villages and their surrounding communities. We developed and implemented an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system and provided training for the clinicians and staff.

The impact of the EMR system has been evaluated from four villages in Kenya, Uganda, Somaliland and Cameroon. It highlights that so far over 100,000 people have benefited from better overall healthcare and patients are being treated more efficiently, especially in improved post-natal care and for thousands of patients with AIDS.

Take a look at the full evaluation report  for more details or check out our infographic for a summary of the evaluation.

Enabling healthcare in rural Ghana

Enabling healthcare in rural Ghana

We’re enabling community healthcare workers in rural Ghana to get expert advice from doctors to help their patients. The new telehealth centre we created with the Novatis Foundation is helping to expand access to quality healthcare in remote areas by cutting down transport times and costs for patients.

Bringing Wi-Fi to refugees in Eastern Europe

Bringing Wi-Fi to refugees in Eastern Europe

We’ve provided free Wi-Fi hotspots and IT equipment to eight refugee centres in Serbia and Macedonia. For many refugees, free ICT services are the only way to stay connected with families and friends on their arduous journeys. Over 315,000 refugees have already used these services.