Motorola's fund enables non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in developing countries to bolster their work through the use of technology. The following three initiatives show Motorola's direct, intentional approach to delivering products, expertise, and philanthropic grants to address education and healthcare issues.
First, Motorola committed $250,000 worth of mobile phones to the Phones for Health program, a public/private partnership that fights HIV/AIDS and other health challenges in ten African countries. Phones for Health brings together the GSM Association's Development Fund, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Accenture Development Partnerships, Motorola, MTN, and Voxiva, who, working in close collaboration with Ministries of Health, global health organizations and other partners, aim to use increasing mobile phone coverage in the developing world to strengthen health systems. Following an already successful deployment in Rwanda, the Motorola gift will enable distribution of 250 phones each in 10 countries over a three-year period.
Secondly, Motorola committed $75,000 in products to Brazil's Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI) to strengthen its effectiveness through technology. CDI promotes educational and vocational training programs for disadvantaged youth through Computer Science and Citizenship Schools.
3. Finally, Motorola granted $100,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for use in strengthening UNICEF's use of technology. Its work with this organization sought to evaluate how current programming can be enhanced through the power of technology and to provide the right technology solutions to meet UNICEF's unique needs.
Throughout the world, mobile phones, network equipment, and broadband solutions are making quality education available to underserved students, directing life-saving drugs to AIDS patients, delivering counsel to suicidal teens, and more.
Phones for Health enables health workers in the field to use a standard Motorola handset equipped with a downloadable application to enter health data. Once entered, the data is transferred via a packet-based mobile connection (GPRS) into a central database. If GPRS is not available, the software can use an SMS data channel to transmit the information. The data is then mapped and analyzed by the system and is immediately available to health authorities at multiple levels through the web. The system also supports SMS alerting and other tools for communication with field staff.
The mission of CDI's Computer Science and Citizenship Schools is to help members of poor communities, principally children and young people, reintegrate into society and to alleviate the social exclusion that inhibits the life chances of these populations. In addition to developing pioneer work in bringing information technology to underprivileged populations, CDI promotes citizenship, literacy, ecology, health, human rights, and non-violence through information technology.
UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. UNICEF advocates and takes action to give children the best start in life by promoting girls' education, immunizing children against common childhood diseases, combating malnutrition, working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people, helping children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity, and relieving suffering during emergencies and threatening situations.