Vodafone Ghana committed to use technology to address critical health issues
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The new Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, has reiterated Vodafone Ghana’s commitment to using technology to address critical health issues such as maternal and infant mortality in the country. According to her there will be an introduction of new campaigns to prevent and treat deadly diseases and offer scholarship schemes to support financially challenged but brilliant students.
Speaking at an event to mark the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Group’s Foundation in Accra, Ms Yolanda Cuba believes that by focussing on impactful and life-transforming initiatives, many Ghanaian will be given the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.
The Vodafone Ghana’s first female CEO noted how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is central to Vodafone’s business model and that it had made it a habit of always searching for creative opportunities to contribute to the communities in which we operate.
Since its formation Vodafone Ghana Foundation through its key stakeholders including employees, business partners, suppliers, customers, public authorities and NGOs representing local communities have helped delivered innovative and impactful CSR initiatives to shape people’s lives.
Touching on the Employee Volunteerism Projects (EVP) which happened to be the brainchild of Vodafone Ghana Foundation, Ms Cuba revealed the self sacrificing spirit of employees of Vodafone Ghana defying all odds to help needy communities.
“Under this programme, employees receive financial support annually from the Vodafone Ghana Foundation to start and sustain various initiatives they feel passionate about; particularly in the areas of health and education. What is amazing is that our employees are able to defy hectic schedules to invest time; money and energy in making sure the specific needs of a given community are met” she said.
The Regional CEO of Vodafone, Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific Region, Serpil Timuray, remarked that the Foundation celebrates 25 years of implementing digital technology has enhanced people’s lives in areas of health, education and disaster relief in the UK and worldwide
She further disclosed that over 25 years, Vodafone’s local foundations operating in 27 countries including Ghana have invested a combined $1 billion in their communities and supported organisations
Comenting of the Vodafone & HeforShe Campaign, Serpil Timuray said in support of a a United Nations (UN) led solidarity movement for gender equality, Vodafone support the HeForShe campaign and trust that all lives are equal and both women and men are critical to achieving gender equality and promoting women’s empowerment.
“Our commitment is to break gender barrier by executing a number of programmes that will provide women with life-changing education, health, safety, and employment opportunities. These include…Mobile education to refugee girls, reaching 3M youth in Vodafone markets by 2020.
The Vodafone Foundation is committed to using mobile technology as a tool for good; in support of HeForShe, the Foundation will scale key programs to enhance the health, education and safety of women and girls around the world, including maternal health.The Group Foundation has pledged to champion the education of refugee girls, targeting a potential 3 million young people in refugee camps across Vodafone countries of operation by 2020."