Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) From WHO

New Joint Effort to Reach Billions who are Offline with Vital Health Information

The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with support from UNICEF, are set to work with telecommunication companies to text people on their mobile phones with vital health messaging to help protect them from COVID-19. These text messages will reach people that aren’t able to connect to the internet for information.

Around the world, an estimated 3.6 billion people remain offline, with most people who are unconnected living in low-income countries.The collaboration will start in the Asia Pacific region and then roll out globally. The goal is to reach everyone with vital health messages, whatever their connectivity level is.

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