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UNICEF and Airtel form Pan-African partnership to empower children and youth

Sharad Sapara, Director of UNICEF’s Innovation Centre and Christian de Faria, MD & CEO, Airtel Africa exchange contracts at a signing ceremony. (PIX: Courtesy).

UNICEF and Airtel have entered into a partnership agreement to expand their collaboration across 17 countries in Africa.

The partnership will improve Africa’s population access to health and education-related information whilst pushing forward various innovative projects supported by UNICEF.

The agreement allows UNICEF to tap into Airtel’s mobile services to make health, education and youth-focused content available to Airtel customers across the 17 African countries. Through improved connectivity, more Africans will have free access to mobile applications and services developed by UNICEF, such as eduTrac, mTrac and U-report.

Christian de Faria, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa commented; “Airtel is committed to providing innovative solutions that overcome access and quality challenges around the delivery of services. Our partnership with UNICEF provides an opportunity to deploy mHealth innovations that can support healthcare systems and provide helpful education-related information.”

The partnership covers Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia; and in West and Central Africa: Burkina Faso, Chad, DRC, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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