India's leading telecom operator, Airtel Bharti has signed a pact with the UNICEF ( United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund ) in order to supply education, youth centered and health related content to its own customers in all the 17 African countries where it operates currently.
According to the company, its major aim behind this association is improvement in the local residents' access to information, education and health. The partnership would also take forward a number of others UNICEF related projects which are already running in these 17 African countries.
The company's widespread network in these 17 African nations allows UNICEF to enhance the availability of content to the local people. This falls in line with UNICEF's long term aim of helping people gain access to information and technology.
Christian de Faria, Airtel's Africa CEO was quoted saying "Our partnership with UNICEF provides an opportunity to deploy mHealth innovations that can support healthcare systems and provide helpful education-related information,"
This partnership would help the African population to get greater access to a number of UNICEF developed mobile applications, including eduTrac, U-report and mTrac.
Sharad Sapara, the Director of Nairobu based UNICEF's innovation centre said that "By improving connectivity, this partnership has the potential to empower millions of African children and youth with information and opportunities to help them become agents of change in their societies,"