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HARARE, Dec 4 — The three mobile phone operators in Zimbabwe are partnering the African Union (AU) Commission in a campaign to raise funds to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa through a Short Message Service (sms) platform.

Ebola has claimed more than 5,000 lives across some parts of West Africa since it was first reported in Guinea in December 2013 and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak as the largest ever in the continent.

The three telcos — Econet Wireless, Netone and Telecel Zimbabwe — are joining other mobile phone service operators in the region, including Etisalat, Millicom (Tigo), MTN Group, Orange, Safaricom, Vodacom and Vodafone Ghana, in the campaign.

The mobile operators met recently and committed to support efforts to fight Ebola by unveiling an Africa-wide three-month campaign dubbed, “Africa against Ebola”, which will receive donations from members of the public who are their customers. Funds raised would be channeled centrally and forwarded to the AU.

Speaking at the campaign launch here Wednesday, The Permanent Secretary to Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Ministry, Brigadier-General Gerald Gwinji, applauded the Ministry of ICT through the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) for enabling the three mobile networks to participate in the campaign.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services Ministry Permanent Secretary Sam Kundishora commended the mobile operators for joining and partnering the AU saying the initiative was the highest form of direct Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The SMS fundraising campaign, which is running until next February, will use the short code 7979 to which customers would donate 20c through texting the message “Stop Ebola” from their respective networks.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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