China Mobile International Limited Establishes South Africa Office

DURBAN, South Africa, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China Mobile International Limited (CMI) hosted the opening ceremony of its South Africa office in Durban, and the office is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Chen Zhaoxiong, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Zhao Zhongyi, Economic & Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in South Africa; Mr. Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa; Mr. Jian Qin, Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd.; Mr. Shen Weizhong, Director & Executive Vice President of China Mobile International Limited, as well as representatives from Chinese and African governments, enterprises and telecom operators attended the ceremony.

China Mobile International Limited Establishes South Africa Office

Mr. Chen advised that South Africa is one of China’s important partners, the cooperation between two countries in terms of information communications has been continuously improving in recent years. The “eight major initiatives” announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has opened up broad opportunities for China and Africa to expand cooperation in various fields. China Mobile is expected to adhere to the concept of win-win cooperation and compliance management, to provide high-quality and convenient services that will better benefit local people. Starting from this, China Mobile should continue to promote cooperation with other countries and contribute to the development of China-Africa relations. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will further strengthen cooperation with communications authorities of South Africa, and jointly bring the information and communication cooperation between China and South Africa to a new level.

Mr. Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa said he believes that with the partnership between MTN Group and China Mobile International, the cost of telecom services will be significantly lower, especially roaming, leveraging the shared technology and innovation of MTN and China Mobile, it will be easier to everyone to do business without boundaries for the future.

Mr. Zhao indicated that, as the top mobile operator in China and the world, China Mobile’s decision to enter South Africa will undoubtedly add new power to the facility construction between two countries. It is hoped that South Africa can the gateway for China Mobile to strengthen the southern African market while further influencing the entire African market. At the same time, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa will continue to provide support to Chinese enterprises to invest in South Africa, and work together to build a monument and model for China and Africa cooperation!

Mr. Jian mentioned that in response to the “eight major initiatives”, China Mobile will enhance infrastructure interconnections between China and Africa. The establishment of South Africa office represents a new milestone for CMI’s development in South Africa and Arica. China Mobile will enhance technical exchanges in terms of 5G networks and IoT etc., thus providing high quality telecom services for customers in China and Africa, and make due contributions to deepening cooperation between China and Africa.

On the same day, CMI also signed a MoU for strategic alliance relationship with MTN Group, the multinational mobile operator in Africa with up to 230 million subscribers and 23 operating companies across Africa and the Middle East. The two companies will collaborate on international business expansion, international transmission interconnection and network resources sharing etc. The MoU takes CMI one step closer to meeting its goal of an interconnected world that includes Africa.

With increasing abundant submarine and terrestrial cable resources and professional competence and products, CMI plans to partner with African operators to create an open and cooperative platform while further deepening the partnerships to provide comprehensive international telecom services and solutions for customer.

About China Mobile International Limited

China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile, now the largest telecom operator by network scale and subscriber base. In order to provide better services to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market, CMI was established in December 2010 in Hong Kong, mainly responsible for the operation of international business, and has expanded its footprint to 21 countries and regions around the world. To date, CMI owns 40+ terrestrial and submarine cable resources worldwide, with total international transmission bandwidth exceeding 30T as well as 138 POPs covering 91 hotspot cities worldwide. With Hong Kong as a starting point, CMI has significantly accelerated core IDC development globally, enabling a strong network for cloudification of data centers.

Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI is a trusted partner that provides comprehensive international telecom services and solutions to international enterprisers, carriers and mobile users.

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MBFHI improves Maternal and Neonatal Care in Bongo

Bongo (UE)- The implementation of the Mother Baby Friendly Health Facility Initiative (MBFHI) in the Upper East region, has contributed significantly to improve on maternal health and neonatal service delivery in the Bongo District.

Ms Rosemond Azure, the District Director of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) in charge of the Bongo District, made this observation in an address read on her behalf by Mr Bantiu Cabral, the Focal Person of the MBFHI and the District Nutrition Officer, during a community engagement forum organised in the District.

The Integrated Youth Needs and Welfare (INTYON), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in collaboration with the Bongo District Directorate of health service begun the implementation of the project in the area in 2016 has now scaled it up to reach 100 communities out of the 142 communities in the District.

The project employs interventions including; advocacy and focus group discussions to ensure increased demand for ante-natal and post-natal services, early initiation to breastfeeding within 30 minutes after birth, exclusive breastfeeding and promoting basic new-born care among others.

The initiative, which had funding support from UNICEF and the Bill Gates Foundation, another NGO was being implemented in Bolgatanga and Bawku Municipals as well as the Kassena-Nankana District.

The forum organised by the INTYON, was therefore aimed at getting the support of more Health Workers and Community Health Volunteers to help in the scaling up of the project to reach more of the communities in the District.

Ms Azure mentioned that the major causes of neonatal deaths such as premature births and congenital abnormalities which used to frequently occur in the area had reduced drastically with the introduction of the initiative.

We realised that most of the new born babies die within the first day of delivery up to the first week of life, so there was the need to focus on the survival of the mother and baby between labour and immediately after birth

She said the initiative included identifying and dealing with labour related complications, initiating early exclusive breast feeding, and giving medication geared at reducing neonatal deaths, and lauded the funding agencies for the support particularly in the areas of the provision of equipment, capacity building trainings and other logistics.

Chief Issah Ibrahim, the Executive Director of INTYON, said the project empowered the target communities to engage in community mobilisation, advocacy and sensitisation programmes targeted at traditional rulers, mothers of new born babies, pregnant women, husbands, mothers-in-law, community and religious leaders to ensure that the project succeeded.

The women groups stated that before the intervention of the project, many pregnant women used to deliver at homes and experienced either birth complications or death, and indicated that with the education they received through the focal group discussions, durbars and drama, they now give birth at health facilities with skilled nurses attending to them.

Majority of the women, who testified that children who were exclusively breastfed for six months were healthier than those who do not practised exclusive breastfeeding, said the project had helped to reduce some negative cultural practices that hindered exclusive breastfeeding, and maternal and infant health services.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MBFHI improves Maternal and Neonatal Care in Bongo

Bongo (UE)- The implementation of the Mother Baby Friendly Health Facility Initiative (MBFHI) in the Upper East region, has contributed significantly to improve on maternal health and neonatal service delivery in the Bongo District.

Ms Rosemond Azure, the District Director of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) in charge of the Bongo District, made this observation in an address read on her behalf by Mr Bantiu Cabral, the Focal Person of the MBFHI and the District Nutrition Officer, during a community engagement forum organised in the District.

The Integrated Youth Needs and Welfare (INTYON), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in collaboration with the Bongo District Directorate of health service begun the implementation of the project in the area in 2016 has now scaled it up to reach 100 communities out of the 142 communities in the District.

The project employs interventions including; advocacy and focus group discussions to ensure increased demand for ante-natal and post-natal services, early initiation to breastfeeding within 30 minutes after birth, exclusive breastfeeding and promoting basic new-born care among others.

The initiative, which had funding support from UNICEF and the Bill Gates Foundation, another NGO was being implemented in Bolgatanga and Bawku Municipals as well as the Kassena-Nankana District.

The forum organised by the INTYON, was therefore aimed at getting the support of more Health Workers and Community Health Volunteers to help in the scaling up of the project to reach more of the communities in the District.

Ms Azure mentioned that the major causes of neonatal deaths such as premature births and congenital abnormalities which used to frequently occur in the area had reduced drastically with the introduction of the initiative.

We realised that most of the new born babies die within the first day of delivery up to the first week of life, so there was the need to focus on the survival of the mother and baby between labour and immediately after birth

She said the initiative included identifying and dealing with labour related complications, initiating early exclusive breast feeding, and giving medication geared at reducing neonatal deaths, and lauded the funding agencies for the support particularly in the areas of the provision of equipment, capacity building trainings and other logistics.

Chief Issah Ibrahim, the Executive Director of INTYON, said the project empowered the target communities to engage in community mobilisation, advocacy and sensitisation programmes targeted at traditional rulers, mothers of new born babies, pregnant women, husbands, mothers-in-law, community and religious leaders to ensure that the project succeeded.

The women groups stated that before the intervention of the project, many pregnant women used to deliver at homes and experienced either birth complications or death, and indicated that with the education they received through the focal group discussions, durbars and drama, they now give birth at health facilities with skilled nurses attending to them.

Majority of the women, who testified that children who were exclusively breastfed for six months were healthier than those who do not practised exclusive breastfeeding, said the project had helped to reduce some negative cultural practices that hindered exclusive breastfeeding, and maternal and infant health services.

Source: Ghana News Agency

SASNET and Go THERAPY offer rehabilitation services to stroke survivors

Osiem (E/R)- The Stroke Association Support Network, Ghana(SASNET-Ghana), a stroke advocacy group and Go THERAPY, a USA based organisation in collaboration with the Hawa Memorial Saviour Hospital have launched a community Life after stroke programme at Osiem in the Eastern Region.

The programme is aimed at strengthening the access of stroke survivors to quality rehabilitation services in their communities and to speed up their re-integration into the community.

Speaking to the media after the launch of the project, the Director of Operations of SASNET-Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Ad Adams explained that normally stroke survivors outside the regional capitals of the country lacked access to quality physio-therapy services and this turn to slow down their rehabilitation and re-integration into their communities.

He said the project was therefore aimed at providing quality rehabilitation services to such people in their communities.

Mr Ad Adams explained that the programme included; the training of the caregivers to continue to provide support rehabilitation services to the stroke survivor in the absence of the physio-therapy specialists.

He said the project was also aimed at empowering the stroke survivors, their families and communities through raising awareness, promoting inclusion and elimination of poverty and discrimination.

Mr Ad Adams said Go THERAPY was supporting the programme with technical personnel and funding and would be extended to other districts in the country to bring quality rehabilitation to the doorsteps of stroke survivors.

Ms Robin Famatta Baker, Executive Director and co-founder of Go THERAPY said her organisation was aimed at helping to improve the lives of people of Africa suffering from serious diseases like stroke, hypertension and other none communicable diseases.

She said stroke and hypertension were the second highest cause of deaths in the country and there was therefore the need for more attention to be focused on resolving the challenges facing stroke survivors to help improve on the situation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

SASNET and Go THERAPY offer rehabilitation services to stroke survivors

Osiem (E/R)- The Stroke Association Support Network, Ghana(SASNET-Ghana), a stroke advocacy group and Go THERAPY, a USA based organisation in collaboration with the Hawa Memorial Saviour Hospital have launched a community Life after stroke programme at Osiem in the Eastern Region.

The programme is aimed at strengthening the access of stroke survivors to quality rehabilitation services in their communities and to speed up their re-integration into the community.

Speaking to the media after the launch of the project, the Director of Operations of SASNET-Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Ad Adams explained that normally stroke survivors outside the regional capitals of the country lacked access to quality physio-therapy services and this turn to slow down their rehabilitation and re-integration into their communities.

He said the project was therefore aimed at providing quality rehabilitation services to such people in their communities.

Mr Ad Adams explained that the programme included; the training of the caregivers to continue to provide support rehabilitation services to the stroke survivor in the absence of the physio-therapy specialists.

He said the project was also aimed at empowering the stroke survivors, their families and communities through raising awareness, promoting inclusion and elimination of poverty and discrimination.

Mr Ad Adams said Go THERAPY was supporting the programme with technical personnel and funding and would be extended to other districts in the country to bring quality rehabilitation to the doorsteps of stroke survivors.

Ms Robin Famatta Baker, Executive Director and co-founder of Go THERAPY said her organisation was aimed at helping to improve the lives of people of Africa suffering from serious diseases like stroke, hypertension and other none communicable diseases.

She said stroke and hypertension were the second highest cause of deaths in the country and there was therefore the need for more attention to be focused on resolving the challenges facing stroke survivors to help improve on the situation.

Source: Ghana News Agency