Safaricom launches Global Epidemic Prevention Project

Safaricom has launched the Global Epidemic Prevention Project which is in partnership with South Korean mobile carrier KT to enhance the county’s epidemic and preparedness control.

In attendance will be Chief Administrative Secretary, Health – Rashid Aman, Principal Secretary, ICT- Jerome Ochieng and Korean embassy representatives.

Safaricom will provide data on contagious diseases in travelling areas and particularly critical regions for the Korean Mobile carrier in the Global Epidemic Prevention Platform.

Safaricom will send messages containing analyzed information on the diseases to its global mobile users travelling in Kenya and nearby countries.

KT chose to partner with Safaricom which owns 70 percent of the Kenyan mobile market and therefore they will be able to tangible data to help in preventing transmission of diseases.

So far this year, 225 out of 450 people have died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of  Congo, which means Kenya is vulnerable to such epidemics.

KT and Safaricom will also work closely with the Kenyan government for the platform to work consistently and effectively.

The launch will be happening today at the Vila Rosa Kempinski .